At One Third Stories, we believe in the magical fusion of play and learning.Traditional views often set play and learning at odds, framing learning as a rigid, teacher-directed endeavor. However, research suggests a paradigm shift, advocating for a redefinition of playful learning as a spectrum, allowing the integration of rich curriculum with playful teaching as a cornerstone for early childhood education. Our Story Boxes and Clockwork Methodology epitomize this marriage between learning and play. Through our innovative approach, we endeavor to engage children in language learning by integrating captivating stories, activities, and interactive experiences. 
  • How the Dinosaur Got His Shoes: Dive into activities such as translating numbers and using color names while coloring.
  • Wilma the Whale: Enjoy tasks like finding colored fish, drawing family trees, and playing food-based board games.
  • Elliot: Engage in dynamic language learning through activities like spot-the-difference games and clothing hunts.
  • Tilly: Delight in weather charts, crossword puzzles, and matching seasons to words in French or Spanish.
  • Ada Bell: Explore engaging language practices with transport-related activities like Bingo or I Spy.
  • Mr. Logan’s Grand Tour: Reinforce language skills related to places and objects through word searches and map activities.
  • Sleuth Sloth: Enjoy playful language reinforcement with activities like spot-the-villain games and code-breaking.

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Defined along a spectrum, playful learning can take various forms, from self-directed play to guided play and structured games. Incorporating diverse forms of playful learning, our activities are tailored to infuse language learning with enjoyment, creativity, and interactive engagement.
  • Self-Directed Play: Allows children to initiate and direct their activities, fostering language acquisition while promoting imagination, problem-solving, and social interaction in a self-driven manner.
  • Guided Play: Offers structured yet flexible guidance, enabling intentional language exploration. This form of play enhances language acquisition by providing direction and support while encouraging creativity and interaction.
  • Structured Games: Provide organized activities that reinforce language learning objectives through gameplay. These games engage children in a structured environment, fostering language skills alongside problem-solving, social interaction, and imaginative thinking.

As we embrace the spectrum of playful learning we witness the boundless possibilities for children to broaden their linguistic scope. Through these diverse avenues, children cultivate their creativity, problem-solving skills, and social interactions, paving the way for a holistic learning adventure that enriches their journey of language discovery and development.

Citations:

  • Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2008). Playful learning and Montessori education. American Journal of Play, 1(1), 105-124.
  • Zosh, J. M., Gaudreau, C., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2018). The Power of Playful Learning in the Early Childhood Setting. Young Children, Summer 2022.
  • NAEYC (2022). Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8, Fourth Edition. National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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