Play, by Lisa Murphy

November 3, 2015


I'm an attorney, which you obviously know by visiting my site, but I also taught at a daycare as a young adult. So, early childhood education is an important subject for me. I feel compelled to speak out about how many early childhood educators and parent/guardians appear to be over-emphasizing regimented, academic environments at the expense of letting children be children so that they can learn through play.

Play, by Lisa Murphy, is a great book that mirrors my philosophy on this subject. As a new parent, I've found it especially enlightening and refreshing. It's a back to basics approach to childcare, encouraging less structured care and focusing on letting children learn through play. Essentially, she wants children to have a childhood full of experiences gained naturally through creating, observing, reading, discussing, moving, singing and playing.

Sounds simple enough. But so often today it seems that children are being prepped for college at the expense of simply playing and gaining those life-long experiences we acquire in early childhood. I think we learn a lot about ourselves as children; about who we are and want to become. When care is highly regimented, children are not prone to experience "crystalizing moments" that often occur in early childhood that shape what they want to become as adults.

William Butler Yeats said that "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." I couldn't agree more.

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