Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Learning. Or not.

That last post down there? All play is learning? Overheard this morning. Darcy and Arthur are playing, have been playing, in the kitchen for half an hour. Happy little voices murmur. Well, okay, it's ARTHUR and Darcy. One little voice murmurs, the other bludgeons. But they're both happy. Happy together. For half an hour. Play, play, play, play, play. Then this: "Are we playin' school?" "No, we're playin' turtles." "Oh." So maybe it's not all learning. At any rate, what two kids in the same game are learning is anyone's guess. Which can be said of two kids in a classroom, or two adults in a meeting, come to that...

p.s. to Q: or two adults in a church, hey, sweetie?


Blogger kittenpie said...

How very very true. In fact, *especially* of the p.s. version! Also songs, poems, etc. - that whole reader interacting with the text thing is not limited to the page, IMO.

6/07/2006 11:17:00 a.m.  
Blogger Kristen said..., turtles - not much difference, really.

6/07/2006 12:12:00 p.m.  
Blogger Angela said...

I think it is all learning. Because, even if the boys were unsure of what they were playing they were taking something out of it. That's why they made it for half an hour without bickering about anything. So, maybe this experience was more social skills or vocabulary or something else entirely that we'll never understand. But, some "learning" took place in that exchange!

6/07/2006 12:58:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Ah yes, each in his own little world. Doesn't matter, they're still able to play side by side and enjoy each other's company. At least they checked to see if they're on the same page or not.

6/07/2006 11:38:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

If two such different personalities as George and Darcy can play happily together, it's a learning experience for both.

6/08/2006 03:36:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Kittenpie: People are people, no matter what the venue, and although each of us does have an effect on those around us, I tend to believe, Donne to the contrary, we are islands. That is why communication is so difficult to do well -- and so essential.

Kristen: That was my response, too. How on earth they could play together for that long without realizing they weren't playing the same game, but hey - they were happy!

Angela: Oh, I think they were doing the "playing alongside" typical of much younger children. This is generally the style of play that works best for Arthur.

MamacitaTina: Good thing it was sweet Darcy: he checked in, discovered they were nothing like on the same page, just said "oh", and continued to play. Other kids might have felt the need to "correct" the other guy, but not Darcy. Whatever floats your boat (to cite a previous granny quote)!

Granny: True. No matter what they're doing, they're learning something. Not, perhaps, what I thought, and not what the other guy thought - but something!!

6/08/2006 07:44:00 a.m.  

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