Talking It Up Play, Language Development, and the Role of Adult Support.. By Deena Skolnick Weisberg Jennifer M. Zosh Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Go.
Why we like this study
The important thing in play-based learning is that the activity must involve “play”. While there’s lots of debate and discussion in academic circles about what defines “play”, we like the description provided by the writers of this article where “the children are free to play and interact however they like, but a sensitive adult prepares the environment and joins subtly in the play to help children focus on specific elements”.
In play, the child is in control and the adult supports
It’s important to avoid “chocolate-covered broccoli”
There’s a difference between play and being playful
“play contains a variety of elements that stimulate the kinds of conditions that grow language.”