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4 th Biennial Jolyn Beeman Memorial Lecture Series Play in a Stressful World. April 2, 2004 Madison, Wisconsin Mary L. Peters. PLAY Every Day!. What refusals have I postponed?. What am I willing to commit?. What do we want to create together?. What price am I willing to pay?.

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    1. 4th Biennial Jolyn Beeman Memorial Lecture SeriesPlay in a Stressful World April 2, 2004Madison, Wisconsin Mary L. Peters

    2. PLAYEvery Day! M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    3. What refusals have I postponed? What am I willing to commit? What do we want to create together? What price am I willing to pay? What is my contribution to the current problem? M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    4. Be Friend.Do Your Work.Play Every Day. MLP Classroom Rules

    5. loving.working.playing. Elkind: “Thanks for the Memories article

    6. Pretending Enacting fantasy Drama Playing games PLAY = Personal Experiential Value • Having fun • Being outdoors • Choosing freely • Not working Elkind: “Thanks for the Memory” article (from Brian Sutton Smith) M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    7. PLAY • Enjoyment • Pleasure for its own sake • “Here and now” Elkind: “Thanks for the Memory” article M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    8. Developmentally Appropriate Practices 1. Universal 2. Individual 3. Contextual M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    9. Responsiveness • Knowledge of child development UNIVERSALS • Relationship with individuals INDIVIDUAL • Respect for culture and community CONTEXTUAL M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    10. Children need to know • The world is a safe place • Their needs will be met • They will be cared for and protected by adults in their world The Hurried Child p. 105 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    11. Reflect • What do you do to give a sense of reliability and predictability to a child’s day? 187 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    12. Reflect • How do you help children feel good about themselves? 195 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    13. Reflect • What do you do to support secure relationships? 74 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    14. Reflect • How do you help children develop a sense that success is possible? 195 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    15. Reflect • How do you honor spontaneous play? allow model observe enjoy 33 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    16. Reflect A sense of initiative • How do you give children time to explore and investigate? • How do you provide a responsive environment? M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    17. Children need • Opportunities to interact as equals from a base of reciprocal needs and interests. 128 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    18. Reflect • How do you provide shared experiences? M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    19. Children need “Family is a school of human relations in which children learn to live within society” School is a family in which children learn to live within society. 143 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    20. Supporting REAL learning • Class size • Continuous flow of activity • True individualization Involve children 179 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    21. Reflect • How do you support real learning? M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    22. Involve children through approaches that are Responsive Cooperative Constructive M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    23. Reflect What competes with play? • In the child’s home • In your setting • In the larger context of society 183 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    24. Play is the most important discipline!

    25. Children need time. 181 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    26. Reflect How do you allow… • Personal expression • Aesthetic perspective • Imagination 219 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    27. “Childhood is the most basic human right of children.” PLAY is the most basic right of life. 221 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    28. Reflect • How do you protect children from information overload? • How do you protect children from emotional overload? 181 M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    29. Protect the child’s right to play!

    30. Assert your right to play!

    31. Consider Something you are currently learning to do… How is this NOT play? M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    32. Remembering childhood phrases • Come out to play… M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    33. Consider Think of a time YOU played…. M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    34. Consider Think of a time you observed a child in joyful play…. M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    35. Play first!

    36. From Peter Block The Answer to How is Yes What refusals have I postponed? What am I willing to commit? What do we want to create together? What is my contribution to the current problem? What price am I willing to pay? M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004

    37. 4th Biennial Jolyn Beeman Memorial Lecture SeriesPlay in a Stressful WorldApril 2, 2004Madison, WisconsinResources Books: • Elkind, D. 3rd ed. 2001. The hurried child: growing up too fast too soon. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press. • Block, P. 2002. The answer to how is yes: acting on what matters. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler. Handout • Elkind, D. 2002. Thanks for the memory: the lasting value of true play. Mary L. Peters Early Childhood Consultant – Special Education Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction mary.peters@dpi.state.wi.us M. L. Peters --"Play in a Stressful World"--April 2004