"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
Thursday, November 9, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Play is foundational to learning in early childhood education. It is the cornerstone of development - a necessity.
By the time a child is three years old, over 70% of neural wiring is complete. Play is a critical component of brain development. Russian psychologist Lev Vgotsky recognized that children actively learn when immersed in hands-on experiences. As children play, their knowledge is building upon itself, a process dubbed by Vgotsky as "scaffolding".
Through play, children develop cognitive, social, and emotional fluencies. With the proper support, educators and mentors can present children with the opportunities to embrace playful learning, tapping into an innate love of learning and inspiring a child-centered approach to education.
Designed to spark your love of learning and stretch your thinking, we will explore the practical applications of play in education and more broadly, human development. Registration includes a full day of learning from experts in the field, lunch, and networking opportunities.
Discussions & Insights
Speakers will present on the power of play with topics ranging from:
- Play at different ages
- The use of play to express grief
- Social emotional learning through neurobiology
- and more!
Click here to view the full agenda!
Tickets include access to all speaker sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities.
|Students & Educators
Interested in sponsoring the event? Please contact Heather Disher, Director of Advancement, at HeatherD@sdcdm.org.