ERIC Number: ED427874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Power of Play: A Discussion about Early Childhood Education.
Meyerhoff, Michael K.
This pamphlet discusses the role of play in the development of young children and the importance of avoiding placing young children exclusively in programs with a strong academic orientation. Presented in a question-answer format, the pamphlet includes information regarding: (1) the importance of providing opportunities for young children to learn how to learn rather than making them achieve specific academic accomplishments; (2) parents' motivations for enrolling their children in academically-oriented programs; (3) the difference between training and education; (4) how play builds a strong educational foundation, promotes love of learning and self-esteem, and facilitates interpersonal relationships; (5) how inadequate "horizontal" development--early learning that underlies all later learning--can result in unstable "vertical" development--learning that must build upon previous learning; (6) the importance of nurturing imagination and creativity; and (7) the role of adults in children's early development as partners and consultants in play. The pamphlet concludes with a biographical sketch of the author. (KB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Child Rearing, Childhood Needs, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Learning Processes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Materials, Parent Role, Play, Young Children
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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