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What is Play-Based Learning?

Posted by Kids Express Team on April 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Because I don’t have any schooling in the education field, which helps me identify terms and ideas that might be foreign to the parents and guardians of our students. One of these terms is “play-based learning.”


We use the term “play-based learning” a lot when explaining how our preschool programs allow your children to have fun and learn at the same time. It may be something you hear a lot if you tour preschool centers and it may be something you see in letters that are sent home from you child’s teacher. Now, this concept may not be as difficult to understand as some of the other “teacher-speak,” but to help you get a better feel of what play-based learning is I asked some of the teachers and administrators to explain it to me.


Ms. Darci, our School Psychologist said, “Play-based learning targets all required early learning standards without children realizing that they’re learning. It’s fun and interactive.”


Ms. Tami, our Executive Director said, “We use play-based learning because play provides children with the opportunity for active exploration that helps build and strengthen brain pathways. The more children use their minds in creative ways at this age, the more flexible they become as learners which improves their potential for ongoing learning later in life.”


And finally, Room 18 (Ms. Emily, Ms. Renee, and Ms. Melissa) came up with this quote together: “In our classroom we see play-based learning when children are engaging with each other and making connections from their previous experiences. For example, when learning about flowers we give them an opportunity to play flower shop and not only participate in dramatic play but use each other as resources to learn about the parts of the flower how a flower shop runs, money sense and social interactions by using each other as resources. “


The glory of play-based learning is that it is often by the child’s free will that he or she participates and engages. This is a wonderful thing because it is not forced and allows children to explore their own abilities in a comfortable environment.


For more tips, ideas, and quotes about play-based learning you can reach out to any one of our highly qualified teachers or administrators or go to our “Parent Resources” board on our Pinterest page.

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