Before personally becoming involved with Hobson, some parents have had the impression that play-based learning is only free play. While child-initiated play is critical to the development of creativity and discovery, play-based learning is broader than that. It is most effective when teachers use play to teach, intentionally guiding and extending children’s play.
Children learn more effectively through guided play compared to direct (didactic) teaching. The overuse of direct teaching actually suppresses child-initiated learning, which undermines young children’s self-confidence and their motivation to learn. Play-based learning is a more effective platform for children’s long term success in learning.
We encourage you to schedule a visit to observe how play-based learning
works at Hobson.
Director: Beth Wilson, M.Ed