This week's NYT magazine featured an article by Peggy Orenstein about the importance of free play for young children. [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03wwln-lede-t.html?_r=1&emc=eta1] We are so pleased to offer an opportunity for child care providers and parents and teachers and community members to discuss this idea, with a national expert.
Susan Linn is the director of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood and recently wrote : The Case for Make Believe which uses developmental psychology and current research on media to help adults think about the role that pretend play has in the lives of young children, the role of adults to engage in that play (or leave it alone), and the role of social forces in scripting, limiting or encouraging make-believe.
Although Susan, a ventriloquist, takes this work very seriously, she brings with her an audacious friend "Audrey" who adds a much needed dose of humor to the conversation.
The talk is FREE
Begins at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
at the Friends School of Portland ~ Mackworth Island
ASL interpreting will be provided
Please come and please share this with friends!
(p.s. I'm sorry to send repetitive reminders, but please do pass them on!)