It’s Not “Just” Play

“So if you’re not teaching the children academics, what do they do all day?” I get this question a lot. From student’s well-meaning family members, my own family members, other educators, curious friends… My answer? “They play.” At least that’s my abbreviated answer. There is a whole lot more to that answer and it is strongly supported by recent scientific studies, not to mention the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. If you do a simple Google search on the importance of play the results are somewhat overwhelming, but confirm what I think we all know: Young children learn through play. It’s not “just” play. Jack Petrash makes a very powerful statement in his book Understanding Waldorf Education:

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