Playful Learning – Best Book for Parents of Young Learners

I’ve owned Playful Learning since the day it came out in print.  The author, Mariah Bruehl is a blogger and has a fabulous website where she offers online courses for parents and teachers.  I’ve loved her work and consider her a “online friend” who I have never actually met in person (unless you count Skype as meeting in person).  I show this book to parents during our Parent/Teacher conferences each year because I think it’s the perfect resource to help parents look at learning in a playful manner.  This book works off of the idea that children are natural artists, scientists, authors, readers, and mathematicians.  I love that Mariah thinks of children and confident and independent, with a strong sense of wonder and curiosity.  The book guides parents and teachers to create spaces, provocations, and invitations for learning in reading, writing, math, science, art, and more.

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One thing that really made me fall in love with this book is all of the wonderful photos.  I think most of us love pretty pictures and it really helps us visualize what we want in our own homes and classrooms.

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I’ve shared this book before and I’ll keep sharing it because there are so many awesome ways to incorporate playful learning into the daily lives of our youngest learners!

 

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