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Spontaneous, Guided and Directed Play Stephanie Teal ECE351 Play and Learning for the Young Child Wendy Anderson August 13, 2012 Abstract It has been said and passed down from generation to generation that a child learns through play. Play is a vital part of a childs life. Play is how they children develop physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially. In this paper I will discuss the importance of spontaneous, guided and directed play. I will look at how important a teachers and parents role are in the development of play in a childs life. Children need to have the freedom to explore and play; it is one of the most important parts of their day, in school and at home. Spontaneous, Guided and Directed Play How does play fit into a childs life? Play enables a childs ability to discover and make sense of their world and the people in it. Children possess the natural curiosity to explore and learn. From the time a child is able to see and focus, they long to discover what is surrounding them. They respond to voices and as a parent we know that from the time a child can crawl they will try to search and find new things to explore. As parents and teachers we provide safe and appropriate toys for our children to learn and play with. A childs time is not wasted playing but rather is a time that is spent building new knowledge and developing in all areas of their life. rather is a time that is spent building new knowledge and developing in all areas of their life.... View Full Document

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