I believe that play is so powerful that it can save lives. Yep, I said it. I understand the power of play for children, it is how they develop and learn after all. Children are empowered with choices, problem solving skills, spontaneity and FUN! When you are playing as a child you have the opportunity … Continue reading Play Saves Lives
I’ve had a lot of new visitors to The Play Coach recently so I thought I would re-introduce myself and let you guys know what I am bringing to the table. The quote above explains my manifesto for adults to support children learning through play. If it sounds like something you want for the children in … Continue reading Be The Play
I’ve had lots of conversations recently about what people mean when they use the word ‘play’ and how it can be translated to different definitions depending on who you are talking to and what their intention is. One of the biggest problems I see with play is when people say, “You work in early childhood? … Continue reading It’s not just play…but it kinda should be!
I am tired. Tired of hearing about achievement gaps and at risk kids and school readiness initiatives. I’m tired of children being subjected to ridiculous programming and becoming pawns in races to the top and other educational fear mongering. I’m tired of “low socioeconomic status” being equated with “not fully human.” And yet there is … Continue reading Why Not Warm, Child-Centered, And Homelike Setting For All?
Monica sent a message yesterday asking about programs that were "all about play" so I put together this list. Deciding which program to include was a challenge. Over the years I've been lucky enough to visit many amazing play settings across the United States, Canada, and Australia. To whittle down the possibilities, I decided that for … Continue reading 6 Early Learning Programs Where Play Rules