Free Play + Playful Learning = Engaged Centers

Free Play + Playful Learning = Engaged Centers

Episode Summary

Creating centers that draw children in and keep them engaged - as well as help them learn important skills isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

> Do you spend WAY too much time searching and scrolling for fresh new center ideas?

> Feel like if you added one more thing to do onto your plate that your brain might turn to mush?

> Got goals to meet? Like me and hate fluffy resources that are cute, but not age appropriate?

I hear ya. Because I was once there too. I spent a whole year completely checked out.  I wasn’t trying anything new, I wasn’t changing things out like I used to and I lost some of that passion.

Topics Discussed:

  • How making the decision to focus on changing how I run my classroom centers led to less overwhelm.

  •  Free Play

  • Playful Learning
  • The Combo of Free Play and Playful Learning

Resources Mentioned:

  • 5 Strategies to Keep Your Preschoolers Engaged With Centers (To Eliminate Behavior Headaches & Keep Things Fresh) Training Replay:

Related Episodes or Blog Posts:

  • Episode 1 - What Play-Based Learning means in a Preschool 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: