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ERIC Number: EJ836820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Young Children's Imaginative Play: Is It Valued in Montessori Classrooms?
Soundy, Cathleen S.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v36 n5 p381-383 Apr 2009
The main purpose of this article is to describe the nature of imaginary play in Montessori classrooms. A transcript from a train ride shows how young children imagine and recreate ideas from their real world experiences and weave them into original new accounts. The author discusses how the play-like action of dramatizing "The Caboose Who Got Loose" is highly motivating for young children. An informal analysis provides the reader with important insights into the way children see and think about the world. The play episode observed in this study appears as a microcosm of the larger Montessori culture, reflecting the spirit of kindness and respect that permeates Montessori Schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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