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Play = LearningHow Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth$
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Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304381.001.0001

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Why Play = Learning: A Challenge for Parents and Educators

Why Play = Learning: A Challenge for Parents and Educators

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Play = Learning




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Imagine a world in which children are encouraged to parrot answers, to fill in the blanks, and to not go beyond the facts. There is little time for play; the focus is on memorization of the “facts”. Indeed, play is viewed as a waste of time when more important “work”, the work of memorizing and parroting, could be done. As the pressure on children in school increases, paradoxically their ability to relax and just have fun through play is being restricted. This book confronts the prevailing popular “fact” that play is immaterial to children's development and instead argues that play is crucial to children's emotional health and it prepares them for school. Play offers both social and cognitive advantages for children and the adults they will become. This book challenges parents and educators to promote the value of play in children's learning.

Keywords:   play, children, development, emotional health, learning, parents, educators

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