ERIC Number: ED198902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
Learning Through Play and Laughter.
Programs for young children should cultivate children's real feelings, both rage and joy, and help children learn to accept and live with their feelings in non-destructive ways. Strong feelings, even negative ones, are sources of energy; rather than suppressing children's negative energy, teachers should recognize its creative aspects and use their own creativity to channel the energy in a positive direction. Managing these strong feelings by building on children's own ideas, i.e. developing an "emergent curriculum," is more appropriate and more enjoyable than relying on a planned curriculum. However, an emergent curriculum requires that teachers give up their fear of losing control and thus be able to play and laugh with children. Providing real learning environments and adapting adult behaviors so as to help children to express and acknowledge their feelings, to question, to express will, and to be distinct individuals are essential to the goal of developing members of our changing society who are not afraid of change. (Author/JA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (Madison, WI, November 14, 1980).