Playing is vital for brain development

Learn what research reveals about how playing is the best way to prepare children for school

Award-Winning Educator

Writer & Educator

Dr. Jennifer Fraser

With a PhD from the University of Toronto in Comparative Literature, Jennifer is an award-winning educator who has taught for twenty years at the university, college and high-school level and also worked with young adults as they are launching their careers. A published author of books & articles, Jennifer believes teens & young adults, parents, teachers, coaches and all who work with children and young people deserve the most up-to-date information and knowledge, especially when it comes to their well-being and safety. Her forthcoming book, "The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health" is being published by Prometheus Books (Global and Pequot) and Brilliance Audio. For more information and resources, see https://www.bulliedbrain.com/.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Continuing Education Credit in Florida

    • Continuing Education Credit

    • Quiz Questions

  • 2

    ONE Play is Important for Learning Brains

    • 1. 1. Introduction

    • 1.1 Introduction Video

    • 1.2 Course Overview

    • 1.2 Course Overview Video

  • 3

    TWO Early Academics Put Play in Jeopardy

    • 2.1 Debunking the "Faster is Better" Myth

    • 2.1 Debunking the "Faster is Better" Myth Video

    • 2.2 Blocking Children's Innate Drive to Learn

    • 2.2 Blocking Children's Innate Drive to Learn Video

  • 4

    THREE Play versus Academics

    • 3.1 Play is Learning

    • 3.1 Play is Learning Video

    • 3.2 Learner-Led Play

    • 3.2 Learner-Led Play Video

  • 5

    FOUR Evolution Primes Brains to Play & Reflect

    • 4.1 Evolution Primes Brains to Play

    • 4.1 Evolution Primes Brains to Play Video

    • 4.2 Mirror Neurons & Reflecting Brains

    • 4.2 Mirror Neurons & Reflecting Brains Video

  • 6

    FIVE Play from a Brain Development Perspective

    • 5.1 Neuroscience of Play

    • 5.1 Neuroscience of Play Video

    • 5.2 Play, Piaget & Empathy

    • 5.2 Play, Piaget & Empathy Video

  • 7

    SIX Piaget, Play Theory & Early Mathematics

    • 6.1 Piaget & Play Theory

    • 6.1 Piaget & Play Theory Video

    • 6.2 Play & Learning Math

    • 6.2 Play & Learning Math Video

  • 8

    SEVEN Open-Ended Play & Self-Regulation

    • 7.1 Open-ended Play Fertilizes Brains

    • 7.1 Open-Ended Play Fertilizes Brains Video

    • 7.2 Vgotsky & Self-Regulation in Play

    • 7.2 Vgotsky & Self-Regulation in Play Video

  • 9

    EIGHT Play, Socialization & the Developing Brain

    • 8.1 Neuroscience & Vgotsky

    • 8.1 Neuroscience & Vgotsky Video

    • 8.2 Play & Socialization

    • 8.2 Play & Socialization Video