In your reply, ask questions of peers about their response to encourage further conversation. Discuss how comments you or other students made relate to your peers’ posts. 5 sentences or more.

Week 5 Discussion 1

Bev sounds like she was a true advocate for young children!!

One component I have been influenced by is how in different cultures mother’s play differently with their children. It makes sense to me, but I have never really thought about how the family plays with their children, especially different cultures. In one article I read, Vandervert, L. (2017). Vygotsky Meets Neuroscience: The Cerebellum and the Rise of Culture through Play. American Journal of Play, 9(2), 202-227. It stated that play evolved from animal play and the adaptations of different cultures, Vygotsky concludes that, although play and culture appear dramatically different, they develop from the same brain mechanisms (Vandervert, L. (2017).

Another component is how important play is to the parent child bonding. From our readings it has been interesting how important and how it contributes to children’s lives the play they get from their own parents. Play helps children stay healthy, it helps with cognitive development and social emotional health. We know it’s important to create a learning environment that allows children to play, but how many households create an environment to help their children learn?

A change or strategy I will implement is the sharing the information I have learned to parents about the importance of parent/child play. How parents need to slow down and take time to play with their children. Parents are so busy working, cleaning, preparing for work, chores, etc. that they need to take time out to play with their children. Quite simply, play offers parents a wonderful opportunity to engage fully with their children. We talk so much about the importance of having classrooms that promote learning through play, but not so much on the importance of parents playing with their children. Children who have parents that play with them feel safe, loved, have better self-esteem, and less stress and anxiety.

References

Vandervert, L. (2017). Vygotsky Meets Neuroscience: The Cerebellum and the Rise of Culture through Play. American Journal of Play, 9(2), 202-227.

 
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