This cartoon about the value of play was published in an article called "Wanted: Advocates for Play in the Primary Grades," by Sandra J. Stone. It appeared in the September 1995 issue of Young Children.
I've heard many parents ask their children "Well, what did you learn today?" The kids say..."nothing". Ha! Most of us try to "educate" our families regarding the value of play and how we incorporate learning. I was looking for the website that had the skill posters I had saved quite awhile ago. They focused on one area such as "dramatic play" or "art" or "blocks" and stated what was being learned. If you can believe it...there is no website or even a company name on the posters! Anyway, couldn't find them to share. :-( I do have them if anyone is interested. I can send them via attachments in an email if you wish. Anyway...at one place we worked at (Head Start-so we had parent/family volunteers more then some programs) we took skill posters like these, laminated them and taped them to the middle of our tables or near the individual centers. These posters were for the adults/volunteers/even the primary school teachers (many teachers still do not understand the importance of early childhood or how a high quality program helps them when these students reach K, 1, 2, 3+ grades) to read and to help them realize just what kind of learning is taking place. They are good starting points for conversation. They covered the "basics". As preschool teachers we add materials or arrange materials to encourage a certain type of activity/play to happen so sometimes there are even more concepts being reviewed/explored with then what is stated on the skill sheets. Just a brief comment about elementary school and higher teachers...many don't understand...even if they are in the education field. I find that the best teachers are those who have an early childhood background and I love the fact that many public schools are starting to require that endorsement for K-2.
In my search for the skill posters I came across another document. http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/foundation_stage/learning_through_play_ey.pdf
Wow! It's very nicely set up, pdf. file, 163 pages about play, and what children are learning as well as information about what materials would be good for encouraging this type of play and possible experiences to plan for, etc. It's a LOVELY resource. Parents-homeschooling or not-it would be beneficial for even you to browse through!
All for now...go ahead and contact me if you are interested in seeing the individual skill posters...I'll do my best to get them to you via email!