Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Now This Is Dramatic Play!

Preschoolers are known for acting with impulse, so dramatic play is a great stepping stone for learning to self-regulate their emotions and actions.  When children accept roles in dramatic play they are motivated to stick to them, thinking of them as rules to follow. Having their own rules helps them develop the ability to coordinate and plan with others as well as control their imagination.
Both unstructured and structured dramatic play offer teachable moments about conflict resolution. Inevitably, disagreements will naturally arise during dramatic play, which offers children a chance to work through their differences and arrange a compromise. It also encourages children to consider alternate perspectives as they recognize various roles of people in their lives and communities.
Here at the Academy of Harpeth Village we put together two separate places for dramatic play in each room and let their imaginations fly.