Role Of Play On Early Childhood Education

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Role of Play on Early Childhood Education Bharati Saha Early Childhood Education Department, University of Oklahoma This paper is submitted for the EDEC 5970 – Social & Emotion in Early Childhood as part of the course requirement. Abstract Early childhood development occurs in six domains. This paper discusses the role of play and its effects on these domains in children learning. Different types play and play centers were discussed to show connectivity of the play type and domain development. Interactions among children during play can enhance cooperative learning using methods and materials used in the play center. Teacher plays important role to set-up the play center, method and materials to be used, and create the learning environment with specific goal setting. Intervention approach by asking different types of questions help them to engage, make learning fun, and effective collaborative learning. Introduction . Early childhood development takes place in six domains including physical, language, social, cognitive, emotional, and cultural. Figure 1 shows all six domains in early childhood development. Physical domain involves learning to use “big” muscles (gross motor skills) and “small” muscles (fine motor skills) in our body. Activities such as crawling, walking, running, hopping, ups and downs are a few examples of gross motor skills. Writing, drawing, cutting with scissors and walking on a line are a few examples of fine motor skills.
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