ERIC Number: EJ914349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 21
"We Had to Be Sneaky!" Powerful Glimpses into Imaginary Expression in Montessori Classrooms
Soundy, Cathleen S.
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v22 n4 p18-25 Win 2010
This study examines life in a Montessori classroom, with special attention focused on spontaneous episodes of imaginary play. The goal is to better understand what is going on when children engage in imaginary play and how this play assists young learners in their development. This article examines three play episodes, each from a different area of the classroom. A link is established between the value of play in young children's learning and development and the ways in which young children make sense of and experience play in a Montessori classroom. The results of this study suggest that imaginary play occurs as a social activity embedded within interactions with friends. In particular, as children depict imaginary worlds while dialoguing with the materials, they practice interpersonal cooperation and role-taking skills. Although superheroes and pop stars were not invited into a Montessori school, the children found surrogates to express their feelings and needs, and they looked to their classmates in these little scenarios for an endorsement of their ideas.
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Play, Young Children, Montessori Method, Imagination, Child Development, Peer Relationship, Interaction, Interpersonal Competence, Role Playing, Observation, Creativity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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