Play Based Philosophy — Playing to Learn/Learning to Play

  • Our class makes learing fun.  We believe that children are natural investigators and learn best from exploring the world around them.  Play brings is the most central, natural, and important aspect of childhood. Believing in a play-based philosophy is simply accepting that children naturally engage in and enjoy play as a means of learning. Through this philosophy, we are able to engage students in fun, play-based activities while incorporating developmentally appropriate, educational lessons.  

    "Play allows children to imagine and experience new situations and learn from them." (Brown & Vaughan, 2009)

  • Values that support learning through play include:

    • Children are viewed as thinkers, reflecting about their world

    • Purposeful play is when children learn through the process of their efforts

    • Children gain knowledge by building on a path of ever increasing knowledge

    • Children are encouraged to make choices and practice individual decision-making


    Learning environments support purposeful play by:

    • Blocks of various sizes and materials

    • Materials and time for dramatic, imaginative play

    • Manipulative and table toys

    • Art materials and tools to explore

    • Sensory play materials, including sand and water

    • Music and movement activities

    • Cooking experiences

    • Computer exploration

    • Outdoor and gross motor play

    • A quiet area for the child who needs to be alone

    • Ample and rich language and print

    • Writing tools and materials


    Adapted from the Evanston Early Childhood Directors’ Council, POSITION STATEMENT: THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY TO CHILDREN’S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS...“Playing to Learn/Learning to Play”