For this Performance Task, you will write an article for an area Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) addressing the current issue of: Is Play Really All That Important? Your article will include an analysis of what play is and why it is important; kinds of play; current issues related to play; and an early childhood teacher’s role in fostering play in early childhood settings.
Taking a Stand for Play
You have been the director of an early childhood center for more than a decade. Over the years, the ages of the children you’ve served have changed, as have the demographics of your community. But, valuing play has always been at the core of your program philosophy and practice.
Lately, you have become acutely aware of a controversy over the value of play. You are not only hearing concerns from the families about the extent to which your program practices embrace play but also from professionals in the field and members of the elementary schools your children will move on to attend. Rather than commiserate with a few like-minded colleagues, you’ve decided to take a public stand. You feel strongly not only about the value of play but also the realization that helping people understand specifics about play will be a way you can advocate for healthy development and learning in your community. You send an outline of an article to your area AEYC, and they agree to publish your piece. You are excited to begin!
Here is the outline you submitted:
Title: Taking a Stand for Play (Approximately 1000 words)
Section 1: What is Play and Why is it Vital to Children’s Healthy Growth and Development?
Analyze what play is and how children benefit from play. Include quotes and citations from at least three research-based resources.
Section 2: What Does Play Look Like?
Explain various types of play in which young children engage and potential related learning. Include citations from at least two research-based resources.
Section 3: Staying Current: Issues Related to Play
Explain at least three current issues related to play from a play advocacy perspective. Include citations from at least three current resources.
Section 4: How is Play Facilitated in Early Childhood Settings?
Analyze the role of early childhood teachers in facilitating play in early childhood settings. Include citations from at least two research-based resources.
To complete this assessment:
Write a professional article, approximately 1000 words, citing your sources.
Structure your article according to the outline.