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When Play is More than Just “Playing”: Delivering Intentional Instruction through Daily Interactions

Thu October 19, 2017: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT

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We often say, “Play is the work of the child.” But do we really believe in the power of play and its impact on a child’s development and learning trajectories? In this age of accountability, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters most and begin to value formal instructional approaches and the teaching of isolated skills. This webinar will provide research on the efficacy of creating embedded learning opportunities and the importance of being a good play partner. Recommended practices for supporting the whole child, as well as strategies on how to be a good play partner, even for those “hard to reach” children, will be provided.


  • To better understand how to intentionally teach and guide children’s development and learning in a “playful” way.
  • To strengthen the use of everyday routines and interactions to created embedded learning opportunities designed to teach academic and social skills
  • To learn strategies for being a strong play partner, even for children who struggle with social interactions and playing in more complex ways


Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at her website.

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