Guardian Unlimited, EducationGuardian.co.uk, 8 September 2005,Â Too much learning damaging children’s play, says report
- Sue Rogers, who led the project, said: "Children of this age learn to make friends as well as to use their imagination through role play.
"We know that they are capable of sustained and complex imaginative play and that capturing and engaging their interest is essential.
"Unfortunately, pressures on time and space, as well as the need to teach literacy, means that playing at shops, pirates and hospitals is difficult to fit into the timetable."
Most parents have had the experience of watching children interact during play.Â "You go over there, and get the dog.Â I’ll stay here and make sure the horse doesn’t run away.Â You tell the dog to stay, okay?"
In this way the children are communicating with each other, inventing as they go along, and learning to work cooperatively, more or less, with each other.Â
- "I don’t want to be the baby.Â YOU be the baby this time."Â
"I don’t want to be the baby.Â I’ll be the kid who runs away."Â
"You can’t be the kid who runs away ’cause then there’s no one to be the baby."Â
"But I don’t want to be the baby."
"Then you be the big kid who goes to the store for the mommy."
"Okay.Â But next time I’M the mommy."
Learning is happening whether it looks like it or not.