Benefits of Free Choice Play

Benefits of Free Choice Play


Episode Summary

Are you a free-choice centers classroom or do you run assigned centers?

If you are running assigned centers in your classroom you might be wondering what the big appeal is to allow free choice.  After all, free choice can get more chaotic and loud. Not to mention that all children may not visit all centers, so how can you be sure they are learning? Plus, how will you separate the kids that you don't want together unless you assign centers?

I am a big believer in free-choice play centers and have 4 BIG benefits to share with you about why free choice centers are right for our young learners.

If you are on the fence about free-choice centers or looking for a change - this is for you!


Topics Discussed:


  • Engagement
  • The Whole Child
  • Peer Interactions
  • More Learning



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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!

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