What Play-Based Learning Means in a Preschool Classroom

What Play-Based Learning Means in a Preschool Classroom

Episode Summary

Have you ever wondered… what exactly is play-based learning?

Most would say that play-based learning is children learning through playing. But, when you really stop and think about it and dig a little deeper, we start to question… well, which activities are considered play-based learning and how does play-based learning relate to the broader concept of play?

Let's take a closer look at play through the Continuum of Play.

Topics Discussed:

  • The Continuum of Play (adapted from Pyle and Danniels)
    • Free Play 
    • Inquiry Play
    • Collaborative Play
    • Playful Learning
    • Learning Games
  • Looking at the Continuum of Play and how it relates to our classroom 

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More About the Lovely Preschool Teachers Podcast:

Are you a busy preschool teacher who loves gaining new ideas, perspectives and inspiration for your classroom? The Lovely Preschool Teachers Podcast is here to help you up your confidence in educating early learners in a quick, actionable way!

As an early educator who is still in the classroom, Ashley Rives will share the ins and outs of how she runs her classroom in a play-based, child-centered way. Each week, expect a new episode focused on actionable strategies to level up your abilities and confidence as a preschool teacher.

Ashley Rives is an early educator with over 17 years of experience and a strong passion to help teachers implement child-centered learning in preschool classrooms all over the world. You can follow her on Instagram @lovelycommotion or learn more at the Lovely Commotion Preschool Resources website: