Play and Exploration in Grade One: Extending the Principles of Early Learning

Kirsten Kobylak, Brenda Kalyn


Play, as a pedagogical approach in kindergarten classrooms, is often a common practice and valued within the learning process. As children transition to grade 1, the use of play may not be found within curriculum documents or highlighted as a valuable way to learn. Children in elementary grades should continue to experience learning through play. Examples from this grade 1 class engaged in play throughout a science inquiry cycle demonstrated how learning through play connected with the outcomes of their grade 1 science curriculum. Observations of children engaged in various projects demonstrated motivation for learning, community building through play, and enjoyment in reaching curricular outcomes. Children’s work samples, photos, and conversations and the teacher’s anecdotal notes provided insights into the benefits of play as a pedagogical approach in grade 1. 


play; pedagogy; emergent; holistic; curriculum; instruction

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