Benefits of Role Playing in Child Learning
Essentially, literacy in children begins with exposure to oral language at birth. The skills advance as they grow through language play and familiarize themselves with the environment (Community Childcare, 2011). As development becomes more rapid, learning becomes more playful and thus the need for more cheerful learning models such as role-playing. Firstly, experts share the sentiment that role-playing is fundamental to children given that it nurtures social and communication skills in the learners.
For instance, in the set-up of role-playing in a market and restaurant setting I will be considering, learners will be familiar with the place, enabling them to have the comfort of learning within homely conditions. Among many other benefits of playing roles in the environment, the learners will learn new vocabularies, items and ability to take different perspectives during interactions. I believe this is essential in expounding their reasoning capabilities, as well as finding new friends and challenges and learning to handle them.
Equally, children learn to make decisions as they put themselves in one's shoes and try to make conversations. Nonetheless, learning becomes more fun as they can wear costumes and purport to be attendants, shopkeepers, cateresses, etc., alongside learning etiquette. Fellowes and Oakley (2014) additionally suggest that role-playing bridges the gap between conventional schooling and the comfort of company. Similarly, they suggest that role-playing ties oral language and the physical world.
Lastly, children flourish in learning when parents and practitioners work together (Bruce, T. & Spratt, J. (2011). Similarly, in my restaurant setting for the role play, I can be able to learn much about the learners. I can identify those with social challenges in communication and interaction and give them special attention, which is vital in ensuring I cater for the needs of all the class.
Bruce, T. & Spratt, J. (2011). Essentials of literacy from 0-7 years: A whole-child approach to communication, language, and literacy (2nd Ed.). London: Sage.
Community Child Care Victoria. (2011). Early Literacy and Numeracy.
Fellowes, J. & Oakley, G. (2014). Language, literacy and early childhood education (2nd Ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press