Playful Learning

Children are naturally curious and explore their environment to learn about how things work!  Research indicates that playful learning is crucial to supporting children's social and emotional development and creativity which supports later academic achievement.  During this workshop, participants will learn about the concept of playful learning and the balance between  free play and guided play in the early childhood classroom.  We will explore ways to scaffold the play learning experience to allow for increased quality feedback and language modeling opportunities.  In addition, we will explore the play environment and how to increase correlation to learning objectives.  The workshop will also include ways to convey information to parents and encourage play at home.