Here we take a pause – our eight weeks studying early childhood development has come to an end. I say we have only paused in our journey – to that end, I want to thank those who have taken interest in my blog and what I have had to say on the subject of child development. I want to especially thank ECeducator2011 and Gregory Uba for your contributions to my blog and on your own blogs. They have been very insightful and I have enjoyed reading them very much.
So this week’s assignment (besides thanking people for visiting and contributing to our blogs) was to share quotes and/or video.
So here are some of my favorite quotes about play – and then I found this wonderful video that I wish I had done- as it sums up why I am so passionate about being an advocate for play:
“Every time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself. On the other hand, that which we allow him to discover for himself will remain with him visible for the rest of his life.”
In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.
Contemporary American folklorist
The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.
“The child amidst his baubles is learning the action of light, motion, gravity, muscular force….”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (writer)
“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”
~ Plato (Greek philosopher)
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning…They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play.”
~ Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood)