Looking Deeper: Exploration and Learning through Play
We will look deeper at Dramatic Play often over the course of this year, as it is one of the most fundamental vehicles of learning for young children.
Within Dramatic Play, children literally "try on" roles as they seek to expand and learn about their world. Dramatic Play utilizes and expands the children's language skills. It is also a catalyst for cooperation, creative thinking, problem solving and sharing. Additionally, it is often a vehicle for teaching social studies, as the children often take on the role of various community helpers within their play.
This week as we talked about fire safety, our discussions were often reflected in the children's play. They consistently took the information gleaned at story time and incorporated it into the scripts of their play scenarios. On any given day in the dress up area, one was apt to hear the following exclamations, "Don't touch the stove!" or "Call 911". The children processed and applied new information within their play, and that is indeed indicative of learning!