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ERIC Number: EJ868180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
The General Store: Reflections on Children at Play
Miles, Lisa Rounds
Young Children, v64 n4 p36-41 Jul 2009
In this article, the author shares her experience in setting up a unique imitative play through which children try on roles and imitate "grown-up" activities, thereby developing feelings of confidence and competence. As children play, they gain communication and negotiation skills; if conflicts arise, they engage in creative problem solving. Dramatic play fosters resilience as children realize they must be flexible in order for the play to continue. The author describes how she and her colleagues set up the general store, a dramatic play area developed to support the children's exploration of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House on the Prairie" stories, and stresses the importance of guiding young children's discoveries and allowing them uninterrupted time with each other. The author shares some reasons the store achieved its goals and lessons learned from the general store experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A