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Play is Learning is one of the best introductions to Joseph Chilton Pearce, one that embodies a number of his fundamental themes: ages and stages of development, the model imperative, the difference between real learning and conditioning (the behavior modification and training we call schooling) and how authentic play represents natures design for optimum learning and performance, at any age, meeting any challenge.

Join us for a tour of the Roseville Community Preschool with Bev Bos – What Every Preschool Could Be. Play is the natural and optimum state for learning and performance, at any age, stage or activity. Our challenge as parents and adults is to encourage and facilitate this state in children by modeling original play in our daily lives. This program is full of practical examples how this can be done by setting the stage, in this case the preschool environment. The core principles however apply to any place, just about any time, at any age.

Learning at home without spending a dime

I think what parents needs to do at home is to just make up their mind not to spend a dime for a while. Get a pile of rocks.

Play and what about clean-up?

The essence of all learning is play, it’s how we learn about everything is to play with everything, then the more a child has to worry about who is going to clean up, the less they play. The less they play the less they grow in every way possible. So you have to give it some thought about what you’re going to do.

Discovering who I am

The most important thing you can have is a sense of themselves, who they are. How they fit in, how they fit into the play group. How they fit in with the elders. How they fit in in every way.

Passion and energy

You want the passion and energy. Violence is what you don’t want.