Playing to learn
Original post made on Feb 6, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 6, 2012, 10:21 AM
on Feb 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm
"According to Baur, before the introduction of program many children would spend their free time aimlessly wandering around the playground or congregating in groups, which can lead to trouble."
...I thought this was called free play?
on Feb 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm
Kids no longer have to learn socialisation skills since the adults pair them up. They no longer have to make decisions about what to play since the adults dictate that. No more free play since everything is scheduled and worked out by the adults.
How were these things handled for the last 100 years?
on Feb 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Wow! I work with these children. It is no dictated whatsoever. It is constant free play and if boredom sets in, where mischief would usually ignite, there is an alternative they can turn to. I have watched the play yard go from lots of conflict and trouble making, to "having more choices". They learn team work, cooperation, and that they don't have to cause trouble, there is always a caring, fun adult to turn to to guide them in new skills. There has been less bullying and more cooperation. The kids look forward to this time where they can have choices. If they don't want structured play, there is a playground and swings. Some kids go out to the field and talk. There are more choices and less conflict. I have seen and worked with these children before the program and after. They are so much happier with having more options. It is never forced.