Prepare for this discussion by reading Chapters 2 and 3 in the required text. Next, review the National Institute of Childcare and Education’s article on The Importance of Play and the National Association for the Education of Young Childcare’s References to Play in NAEYC Position Statements to further prepare to advocate for and discuss the benefits of play experiences. Also, review Stuart Brown’s research presented in the Play is More Than Just Fun video and note how, according to Dr. Brown, “humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation, and fantasy are more than just fun” (TED, 2008).
As an educator, a common topic you will face is defending the importance of play in the curriculum. Parents are often unaware of the benefits of play and would rather have their child be engaged in academic work. In this discussion, you will advocate for the importance of play. You will develop convincing arguments to be presented to a skeptical parent about why play is important for children. Additionally, participation in this discussion prepares you for the Week Five Final Paper through which you will develop your personal framework of play to use when advocating for play.