The Importance Of Play And Its Effect On Cognition, Linguistics, And Pragmatics

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Assessment of Play Jimmy Kue Northeastern State University Abstract This paper explores the importance of play and its effect on cognition, linguistics, and pragmatics in infants and toddlers and how play can affect their social competence as preschoolers. Assessment of Play In a third world country, some Hmong parents’ believe in the teaching for survival needs are important and necessary in order to survive. Chores were evenly distributed throughout the family who were capable to contribute to everyday labor. However, young children who cannot contribute were allowed to play with other kids in the village. Some of the popular play activities were hide and seek, a jump rope made out of rubber bands, and wooden tops (Cha, Mai, Carmen, 2004). Meanwhile in a developed country, children were also playing hide and seek, jumping ropes, and spinning tops as well. According to O’ Grady and Dusing (2014), “Play is defined as a pleasurable, active, self-motivated developmental phenomenon by which infants and young children learn about the world through interactions with objects and people” (page number) It should be noted that when I used the term play, the child is the center focus of a play activity in a natural setting. In this paper, I will discuss the importance of play relative to language in these domains: cognition, linguistics, pragmatics, and social competency. Cognition Cognition is the basis for language. It is important to develop early cognition in infants.
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