Citing three examples from Chapter 3, discuss the trend of decreasing play activity from school schedules in exchange for more academics. How might it affect children’s development for better or worse?
Children playing with wooden blocks and utilizing the blocks as things other a wood block is an example in the chapter of how play time is good for children’s development. It can allow the student to use his or her imagination to be creative about what the block may symbolize. This can be good for the child’s development because it incorporates play and learning. Also children using less language during play can show what the children knows through non-verbal actions. This skill may allow the children to develop self regulation skills that are vital to a child’s development. Another important type of play can be a child using mommy and daddy, which may show what type gender roles the child has observed. Some of these roles can be beneficial as the teacher is teaching the child new language and discussion. Some children may not agree with the roles of other children. This in turn can assist the teacher with teaching the children about good ways to resolve disagreements. This could also lead to the teacher discussing flexibility with the children. All these things help the students to develop “cognitive flexibility, working memory, and inhibitory control.”