Child 's Deeper Engagement And Understanding Of The Text Essay

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Does the addition of book related pretend play (Welsch, 2008) in a kindergarten classroom, result in a child’s deeper engagement and understanding of the text?
The benefits of pretend play in the early years are clearly and frequently acknowledged in Early Education research. Its connection to cognitive, social and emotional development allows children to become independent learners who are confident in their own skills and abilities (DEEWR, 2009). Additionally the integration of pretend play in a child’ development can enable them to develop divergent thinking (Russ & Wallace, 2013), Affective social Competence (Lindsey & Colwell, 2013) and Cognitive intelligence (Morrissey & Brown, 2009). These three benefits can each be related to the use of pretend play as an education device which has been encouraged in the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2009) and the National Quality Standard for early education (ACCEQA, 2011). The Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2009) states that “Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking” (DEEWR, 2009, pp 15). In 2008 Jodi Welsch examined the benefit of pretend play as a teaching tool for young children in relation to specific areas of curriculum such as literacy and creative arts (Welsch, 2008). She found that the way pretend play connects the children cognitive processes with kinaesthetic learning techniques allowed them to more deeply understand…

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