Play is how children learn best.

At ISB we believe this so strongly that play forms the very heart of our mission.

When children play, they engage both mind and body in a joyful, intrinsically motivated quest for knowledge and adventure. Play enables children to test the limits of their abilities without self-consciousness or fear of failure. It builds social confidence and problem-solving skills.

As children get older, we may call play by other names like "tinkering," "investigation" or "hands-on learning." But if we’re talking about students who are actively engaged and driven by an internal desire to understand and re-shape the world, then we’re talking about the same thing.  

"When we say play, we mean testing the boundaries, trying new things, taking risks, experimenting over and over.  This type of engagement is what's going to help young people prepare for tomorrow's society."

- MIT's Mitch Resnick, speaking at the ISB Parents' University lecture series

In the Pedagogy of Play section you can learn much more about our research collaboration with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, find concrete examples of learning through play in action at ISB, and peruse a variety of tools made by and for educators interested in bringing more play into the classroom.


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