Why are they called



Let’s Play!

Research has shown that Play is essential to development, contributing to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of all humans.  Play can improve memory, make more of the brain active, and promote creativity and critical thinking (K.R. Ginsberg, “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development,” January 2007).  Many adults wrongly believe that Play is only for children, but a recent neuroscience research summary reports that biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and others see that Play is equally as important as sleep, rest, and food in the benefits that everyone -- adults included -- can gain from indulging in it (J.L. Frost, “Neuroscience, Play, and Child Development,” 1998).  Therefore, it seems logical to assume that when an element of Play is present in an in-service session, the participants will be more creatively engaged in the learning process of developing new competencies to carry back to their classrooms, and will derive the greatest value from their staff development activities.

Comments from Previous Session Attendees

  1. Bullet“I am always in search of materials that connect the academic classroom to the music classroom!”

  1. Bullet“Activities and ideas presented can be taken back and immediately used in class.  The lessons were relative to my class level.”

  1. Bullet“Great ideas!  I want to do more rhythmic/sound effects/music/movement activities with the poems I teach.”

  1. Bullet “Such wonderful and incorporating ideas -- I loved it!”

  1. Bullet“I liked how extremely well-organized this workshop was, and that it was SOL (Standards of Learning) related.  The hands-on activities and practical ideas are ones that I can use in my kindergarten classroom.”

  1. Bullet “I loved the activities we did.  And it was fun!”