Reflection On Children's Play

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The two reflective questions I have chosen to write my essay on is reflective questions two and three. Reflective question two asks what ‘play’ is, and what it is not; and reflective question three asks what it means to think analytically about children’s interests as a source of curriculum. I believe that play is a way for children to explore, experience and learn about the world they live in and I think that thinking analytically about children’s interests is very important as it involves thinking deeper than the surface of what a teacher may think a child’s interest is from their own play. Analytically thinking about their interest explores more ideas and meaning for what a child’s interest could be instead. For example, if a child is always playing with a digger in the sand pit, their interest might not be that they are just interested in diggers, the child could potentially be interested and fascinated how it moves because of the wheels.

The first reflective statement I am going to discuss is “What is play? What is play not? Critically discuss
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Hedges (2008), says that “dialogue with an adult or peer maximizes children’s learning during participation in play”(p.322). I agree with this statement because I believe that talking to the children about what they are doing will allow the children to think and engage in conversation with the adult or peer and this can start a discussion where children can ask questions and explain what they are playing/ doing, which also allows the adult or peer to extend the children’s learning in their play. In relation to Te Whariki, play is recognized under the strand ‘Exploration’-Mana Aoturoa. “The child learns through active exploration of the environment…their play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognized”(Ministry Of Education, 1996,

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