What is Pedagogic Play?

Pedagogic Play is a curriculum that infuses pretend play with embedded learning objectives that promote young children’s* social, cognitive and emotional development.  By engaging in pretend play, comprised of roles, scenarios & props and scripts, children can show what they understand about how the world and human relationships work in ways that they often can’t fully express in words.

Pedagogic Play units are structured around moments of joint play between educators and children and moments of reflective dialogue, both aimed principally at deepening and expanding children’s knowledge and skills.  Children learn to think and act more critically through Pedagogic Play, developing resources that empower them to make informed, meaningful decisions in the pretend play situations and in their real lives.

This play-based curriculum has been designed for schools, early childhood education centers (ECEC), preschools, daycare centers, home-based daycares and for caregivers (such as parents) that educate their young children at home.  Parents and other family caregivers are considered every child’s first educators, as such, the term “educators” refers to them as well as teachers and caregivers in schools, ECECs, preschools and daycares. 

Pedagogic Play is a flexible curriculum, which can be used with mix-aged groups or same-aged groups, ranging from toddlers and preschoolers to early elementary school aged children.  A fundamental conception to Pedagogic Play is that children learn from one another and from educators, so having children from a diversity of ages can be an asset, yet even in a same-age group of children there is quite a variety of background experiences and abilities across different skills to create a rich learning community.  

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