Play in Practice

By Austin Stanion

I choose to focus my project on the school's playground. We often dismiss playgrounds as simply places of diversion and noise, but for young kids the playground plays a very important role in their development as social individuals. With less guidance from teachers, kids have to figure out who they are in relation to one another. They make choices about how they will spend their time and who they will play with. Time on the playground can be great fun, but there are bad days as well.

As kids learn how to get along with one another, there are inevitably disagreements and hurt feelings. The playground can be a very lonely and frustrating place. But even these hardships are an important part of the learning experience on the playground. It is through these transitions of joy, loneliness, and friendship that kids discover they person they will become as they continue to learn and grow older.