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The Language of Children
May 31, 2018
Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Play is the language of children," writes Alissa Mwenelupembe in her Exchange (September/October 2017) article, "Filling in the Gaps: Empowering Parents’ Understanding of Play to Support School Readiness."

"Unfortunately," she goes on to say, "through time and experience, adults have lost this language. When we as early childhood professionals, can reconnect families with this lost language we are giving them a gift…Through relationships with families, we can begin to help them see play as the center of high-quality early childhood practice. Fred Rogers said, 'Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play really is the work of childhood.'"

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Arlene DeCicco · May 31, 2018
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States

A very good idea that learning can be displayed through a song or a game to hold more interest for a child, especially when the attention span can be very limited when children are young.

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