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What is playful learning ?

In playful learning, the teacher directs the academic outcomes, and the children influence the play narrative. In essence, teachers set up prescribed activities that contain playful elements.


Why do teachers use it?

Playful learning is used to support the learning of targeted academic skills in a manner that is playful and engaging for students. Teachers may use these prescribed activities to provide students with practice in math and literacy concepts that are part of whole class instruction.

What are some examples ?

We are the Play Learning Lab, run by Dr. Angela Pyle at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.



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