Piaget and the Moon

Thanks to Piaget, I got to play a real neat game with Joshua.  In “Giant in the Nursery” (Elkind 19772), Piaget describes how children perceive inanimate objects to have their own identity, so in explaining how a moon seems be overhead all the time, he said that one should just explain that the moon was following the child, anyone who explains otherwise, misses the point.  So now, Josh thinks he’s special to Brother Moon and that its following him around.  He got to play peek-a-boo with the moon under the canopy of a tree one clear moonlit night.

Elkind, D.  (1972).  Giant in the Nursery – Jean Piaget.  In:  RF Biehler (Ed), Psychology Applied to Teaching, Selected Readings. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, USA. Pp 147––169.


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