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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET • Children learn how to take risks. • Children learn how to build on interests. Time to Reflect What do you think children learn through play? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ I remember dancing in the basement to Herb Alpert and “The Pink Panther.” I spent hours making up new moves to perform over the furniture, across the floor, and through the doorways. —Becky Connecting Standards to Play More than likely, your state has a set of early learning standards that guide your work with young children. These standards typically address cognitive, physical, language, and socioemotional development. The standards outline what young children are learning in each of these domains. However, clearly identifying these domains in your learning environment can be challenging. As you think about how children are meeting standards in your environment, remember that play helps children learn and develop skills in each of these domains. Time to Reflect Think about your learning environment and answer the following questions: Cognitive: Which play activities challenge children’s thinking? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Learning from Play | 11