Online Companion: Early Education Curriculum: A Child's Connection to the World, 3E

Chapter 12 - Dramatic Play and Creative Dramatics


Reflective Review Questions

1. Explain the differences between dramatic play, creative dramatics, and presenting a scripted play with lines and actions memorized. Which of the three do you think offer the most possibilities for creative expression by the participants? Why? Is it necessary for individuals working with young children to understand the differences? Why?

2. Characterize the type of play, according to Sara Smilansky, that occurs in the four age categories that she discusses. What is likely to be the result of a teacher trying to introduce a type of play to a group of children that is more appropriate for older children?

3. Does fantasy play an important role in the development of young children? Why? At which point or under which circumstances does it become inappropriate? How should a teacher deal with inappropriateness?

4. Describe a well-planned dramatic play center, including prop boxes, clothing, and storage.

5. Describe three themes for dramatic play by preschoolers ,and suggest which items you would include in the center and how you would arrange them. What input might you receive from children before changing the center?

6. Relate dramatic play to four other learning centers. Be specific in the ways that dramatic play would help teach concepts in these other learning areas.

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Web Activities

1. Search on line for an article that discusses dramatic play and young children. Read the article, and summarize what you have read. How will you use ideas from the article to improve your teaching skills? Would you recommend this Web site to another student? Why or why not?

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Additional Related Web Links

1. Creative Drama Links: www.creativedrama.com

2. Games Kids Play: www.gameskidsplay.net

3. Pretend Play and Young Children’s Development: www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed458045.html

4. Scholastic Early Childhood Today: http://teacher.scholastic.com

5. Teacher Magazine: www.edweek.org/tm

6. Teaching Strategies: www.teachingstrategies.com

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