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Learning through Games
Free Play
Inquiry Play
Teacher Directed
Student Directed
What is learning through games ?

In learning through games, the teacher is in control of the process and the outcome of the activity. The child follows the teacher-prescribed rules of the games.  This is the most prescriptive type of play-based learning.


Why do teachers use it?

Learning through games is used to promote discrete math and language skills. Teachers use Learning through games in order to teach curriculum expectations in an engaging manner.

See examples  below:

Learning through Games

  • Letter/Word BINGO

  • Fishing for letters with magnetic poles

  • Math games

  • Using playdough to make the assigned number of worms and placing them in the scene on themed placemats

  • Using dots on plates to show different formations of numbers

  • Word games on tablets

  • Counting games on tablets
    Matching rhyming words with word dice

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