i noticed a “CAUTION CHILDREN AT PLAY” sign the other day. i thought it would be fun to have one at preschool. but then i thought about explaining the word “caution.” i get what the sign is intended for. it’s a downright good idea. it is important for people to be careful where children are playing. of course.
but i also thought about a big chunk of our society’s view of play:
as not real work,
as not real learning,
as a sign of neglect,
as something to be wary of.
none of these are new thoughts. none of these are unique to me. in fact, the conversation can get kind of boring. yet as i prepare to start a year with a stated goal of “better preparing children for kindergarten,” i don’t want to forget the necessity of play. it is cause to celebrate!
so, i made my own sign.
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UPDATED: go ahead and print a copy if you like…celebrate play!