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In today's episode we discuss the Dramatic Play center and it's benefits in the Kindergarten classroom. 

Here are 5 reasons why increasing play in the classroom increases learning:

Play Stimulates Thinking:
Play will stimulate children's minds and promote advanced intellectual development! It also is a great way for children to expand experiences through reenacting events. These reenactments allow experiences to make more sense and have more meaning, paving the way for future academic success.

Play Defines Social Roles:
Dramatic play helps children learn social roles and rules, and offers time to practice such social morays as sharing, taking turn, communicating to inform or persuade, and resolving conflicts, and cooperation.

Play Inspires Creativity and Imagination:
When children are engaged in dramatic play, they can be anyone that they want to be and can even do the impossible! This type of play encourages children to use their imagination and to be creative, as there are no limits. This creative ability will aide students throughout their lives as they become creative and learn to solve problems.

Play Builds Emotional Strength:
Young children have a hard time understanding and controlling feelings. By engaging in creative play, children can learn to manage and understand certain feelings by re-enacting episodes. Dramatic play can also enhance children's ability to empathize with other people.

Play Develops Language:
Dramatic play encourages expressive language. Children are motivated to convey their wishes to others and speak from the perspective of their pretend roles. In fact, it is often through dramatic play that shy or withdrawn children first begin to express themselves through language.

Don't have a Dramatic Play Center in your classroom? Well give you some tips and ideas to get you started!


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Playworks: Interview with Chris Conard

 
 

Playworks is a leading nonprofit that brings safe and healthy play to children. One keystone element of the Playworks program is leveraging the power of play to encourage social emotional learning, which empowers kids with lifelong skills like empathy, leadership, and conflict resolution.

Chris Conard has been working with Playworks since 2007 and is continually inspired by the power of play in education. Beginning as a program coordinator in the Bay Area, he has worked his way up the Playworks ladder including such positions as the administrative associate and national expansion manager. He is excited to bring his love for Playworks to Salt Lake City and help others spread the power of play. Chris is continually motivated by the way play can be a vehicle for social change.

We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

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Free Choice

 
 

Mom always makes time in her schedule for "Free Choice" a time when children are able to choose their own activities and goals. Giving children free choice time allows them the freedom to fulfill their own needs in a way that recognizes their individuality, desires, and interests. Mom shows how allotting this time of unstructured play builds children's academic, social, and emotional ability. We hope you will all find time for free choice in your classroom!

If you enjoy the podcast and can review us on iTunes that would be amazing. We really appreciate your reviews as they help us continue to make the podcast and help other teachers to find us. 

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Play: Interview with Kristi Mraz

 
 

Today we have an interview with Kristi Mraz to tell us how to make our classrooms more joyful, exciting, and playful!

Kristine Mraz is coauthor—with Alison Porceli and Cheryl Tyler—of the book Purposeful Play
A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
. She is also the author of the bestselling A Mindset for Learning, as well as (with Marjorie Martinelli) Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Their popular blog chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support. Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums!

Kristi teaches Kindergarten in the New York City Public schools. In addition to writing and teaching, she consults in schools across the country and as far away as Taiwan. She primarily supports teachers in early literacy, play, and inquiry based learning. On the off chance she has free time, you'll find Kristi reading on a couch in Brooklyn with her dog and her husband. You can follow all of her adventures on twitter @MrazKristine or on her blog: kinderconfidential.wordpress.com.

We also share a teaching experience from Allison Hogan, who has taught her class, through playful inquiry, how to be producers and consumers, and then watched them extend the learning at recess as they exchanged sticky note artwork for sticks and rocks. Here are some pictures of the work from Allison's classroom:

We sincerely hope you'll pick up a copy of Kristi's book. It's fabulous! Purchasing the book through this affiliate link helps to support the podcast.

 
 

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