Play: A Primary Vehicle for Inquiry

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is the real work of childhood.” — Fred Rogers 

Inquiry, the pedagogical approach of the PYP, allows students to be actively involved in their own learning and to take responsibility for that learning. One way that teachers facilitate inquiry in their classroom is through play. Play allows our students to develop and deepen their communication, social, self-management, and thinking skills (Approaches to Learning- a PYP essential element). Inquiry AND play allow each student’s understanding of the world to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that student. Spicewood teachers intentionally plan opportunities and time for students to play, discover, and explore to further develop as PYP students. Teachers also use play to practice math concepts and skills, review, and build their classroom communities!

Stay tuned for future parent information sessions about play in connection to the PYP!