“Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development-it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life.”
Canadian Council on Learning
Learning in Centres
When you introduce play as a means of learning in school, as educator, your role changes from instructor to facilitator. As a facilitator, the teacher guides the learning which is different than controlling the learning. This is not a new idea. In fact, the teacher as facilitator is at the heart of the inquiry method promoted by Dewey half a century ago.
As you think about your own role as a facilitator in the play-based learning in your classroom, have a look at the continuum from child to educator focused play in the classroom.
Learning at Home
The fall is a good time to get families involved to support children at home. For a listing of recommendations that will allow families to focus on learning areas see the attached Appendix.
Have a look at some of the following clippings from Primarily Play, and see what play can bring to your classroom!
Take a position on play
What is Play?
- What is Play? – Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
Brochure – Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
- Authentic Play
- Exploratory Play
- Pretend Play
- Games with Rules
- Points to Keep in Mind about Play and Learning
Making it happen in your classroom
Getting started with play
- Where to begin?
- Independent Inquiry in the Primary Grades
- Setting up Learning Centres for Inquiry
- Introducing Independent Inquiry
- Documenting Learning Through Play
- Making use of Documentation
- Beginning with Play-Based Learning
- Parents: Partners in Learning Through Play
Playing is Learning
- Play or Worksheets? – Dr. Rachel Langford on the importance of play
- Teaching and Learning in the Kindergarten Classroom – ETFO
- Play and Conditions of Learning
- Classroom Practices that Support and Extend Play
- Planning for Play in the Kindergarten Classroom
- Choosing Materials for Play
- Playing is Learning Pamphlet
- Learning Through Play – The Research Connection
- Play Makes Program Unique – ETFO Voice article, October 2010
- It’s Child’s Play – ETFO Voice article, February 2008
- Videos: Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Jill Worthy discuss early learning