Essay about Analysis Of Lev Vygotsky 's ' The Work ' Of Children '

1253 Words Oct 25th, 2015 6 Pages
Theories and Experiences According to Playscotland.org (n.d.), “play is often called the ‘work’ of children”. There is a plethora of things that children learn from play. First, play provides growth in all developmental domains. This developmental growth includes cognitive, emotional, physical, and social domains (“The Importance of Play,” (n.d.). Cognitive development includes language skills and combining different ideas to create new ones (Sohn, 2015; “The Importance of Play,” n.d.). Emotionally, play can provide children with self-confidence and self-esteem. The physical aspect that play provides is a child being physically active while they are playing. This can include balancing, climbing, jumping, kicking, and running. Lastly, children are learning social skills while they are playing and interacting with others (Sohn, 2015). Over the years there have been numerous theories regarding play; however, one theorist, Lev Vygotsky, is whom I connect the most with. Lev Vygotsky was a psychologist whose theories has strongly influenced education. He believed that social interaction helps cognitive development (McLeod, 2007). Vygotsky’s theory on play is that play allows a child to connect language with the outside world and allows them to understand and create new ideas (“Play,” 2015; “The Importance of Play,” n.d.). During play, a child is in constant dialogue with themselves or those that they are playing with (“Play,” 2015). According to…

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