Thursday, August 25, 2011

Playful Learning Giveaway

Yesterday I shared part 1 of the interview I had with Mariah Bruehl from Playful Learning. Today we finish the last couple of questions and share the details of  the Playful Learning giveaway.

4. What two tips would you give to parents and educators who want to start implementing more play-based learning experiences in their homes or classrooms?

First and foremost I would recommend slowing down and to just spend time listening to your child. Follow his lead and do whatever he wants you to do with him. It is during these times, when your child has you as a captive audience that you can learn a lot about his interests, questions and skills. When your child feels listened to and seen, they are far more receptive to your ideas and invitations.

After you have gleaned some information from your child about what her current interests are, it is helpful to do a bit of preparation. Take a trip to the library or do some research into activities that may extend or deepen that interest. I enjoy leaving little clues around the house like a book or a craft supply to catch the attention of my daughters.  Once they ask about them and find out that there may be more involved, they are eager to participate in the activity!

5. Tell me about the most memorable learning activity for your family that you included in your book?


That is a really hard question! Each activity in the book holds such fond memories for us. If I have to choose one experience that has had the most profound impact on us, it would be the lesson on Put-Ups and Put-Downs. I feel strongly that if every parent and child were introduced to this concept the world would be a better place! The idea is simple—put-ups are things that people can do or say that make you feel good and put-downs are things that people can do or say that make you feel bad. Yet, by identifying them and giving children simple vocabulary to use to talk about situations as they arise, they become very aware of their actions and the actions of others. Having an understanding of these simple terms has helped us to better communicate as a family and to discuss and work through a variety of social situations that have come up for our daughters over the years.

6. How has this approach to learning with your kids changed you?

My children have become my greatest teachers. I learn so much about how to best work with them when I take the time to pick up on their cues and follow their leads. Before I had children, I had strong views about the "right way" to teach children. After becoming a parent I realized that the best way to teach children is by seeing them for the individuals that they are. Now I realize that there is no "one size fits all" solution to education. We have to do what works best for each child and that may be different for different kinds of learners.

Guess what…


CLOSED You can win a copy of Mariah Bruehl's book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder as well as a space in her 6 week fall e-course Playful Learning Spaces

The Details:
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment! (see that was easy :) )
Optional entry:
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*Giveaway runs from Aug. 25th – August 28th. 
* U.S. residents only
*Winner will be drawn by and will be emailed.
*Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
*Please leave your email address in a comment or visible on your profile.

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Anonymous danielle @ RLR said...

Leaving a comment because Lord knows we could use more "playful" around here! :)


August 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Amy @ A Faithful Journey said...

I have been hearing a lot of positives about this book and woul love to win! Thank you for the chance!

August 25, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Amy @ A Faithful Journey said...

I tweeted! @AFthfulJrney


August 25, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

Wonderful interview! I am following around Mariah's blog tour and would love to get my hands on her book, not to mention a spot in her ecourse!
Sarah M

August 25, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Karyn said...

This looks like a fun book! I would love to read it.

August 25, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Would love to learn more about added some "playful" to our learning!

August 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would be a great book for me to have and help my girls.

hardingcl @

August 25, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger dgrumbley said...

Would love this book!

August 25, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Christie M said...

How awesome! Thanks for presenting such great materials to all of us homeschoolers! This book looks fantastic and fun!
Christie M.

August 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Wow! I have not heard of this before now. It sounds like something I will HAVE to add to my library! Great interview. :)

August 25, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I shared this on my Twitter. :)

August 25, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hands on and engaging -- Definitely a fruitful way to learn! Would really like to read this book! Thanks for the introduction to Mariahs Playful Learning style! (And for the opportunity to win it!)


August 25, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Make it Simple said...

Having boys in the house have taught me that playfulness is were the learning is for them. Hands on activities is how the learn best. Would love to have a copy of The Playful Learning. Thank you for the giveaway!

August 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger crysmi said...

I would love to win! :)

August 25, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would be great to have in my house!

August 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would love to win this book!


August 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger The Zookeeper said...

I would love to win her book! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

August 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger The Zookeeper said...

I shared on twitter:!/TheArrowoodZoo

kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

August 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Erin Ropelato said...

This book sounds wonderful! I would love the chance to win it. I really like the idea of put ups and put downs. I need to start using this with my own girls!! Thank you!! erinropelato (at) yahoo (dot) com

August 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Caterina said...

This book sounds great! I enjoyed reading these posts. They have been very helpful.

August 25, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous karla said...

This book sounds wonderful - just the sort of approach I'm trying to take with my kiddos.

PS - Sorry if this went through more than once; my comment doesn't seem to be submitting.

August 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Anonymous karla said...

I tweeted!

August 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book and add more play to our days! Thanks, Amanda

August 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I tweeted!!/leigh_owens/status/106758750366474240

clowens9144 at yahoo dot com

August 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I would love to win this!
clowens9144 at yahoo dot com

August 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book looks like such a great read!

kaos2me at gmail dot com

August 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Eric and Danielle said...

This sounds like a neat book!

eric_danielle at netzero dot com

August 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tweeted about this giveaway (kaos2me).

kaos2me at gmail dot com

August 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Amelia said...

Hoping I win this somewhere!

August 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger April Cooper Sanchez said...

I want to win! ;-)
I've been getting her emails also!

August 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger April Cooper Sanchez said...

Sorry ACCSanchez at aol dot com

August 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Posts! I hope I win :)


August 25, 2011 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great interview! I would love to win this book. Please enter me.

erinb1 at aol dot com

August 25, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Thanks for the great interview - good questions. :)

August 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Thanks for a chance at this book. Sounds interesting.

August 25, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

August 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Kosharem said...

Would love to win this!

August 25, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I would love a chance to win! -Amanda

nurseryrhymesandfuntimes at gmail dot com

August 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger The girl who painted trees said...

I would so love to be able to join her class! I just bought the book but it hasn't arrived in the mail yet. If I win, I'll attend the class and give the book to a friend.

thegirlwhopaintedtrees at gmail dot com

August 25, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love this!

August 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger NW Homesteader said...

What a great giveaway!!!
alklong at hotmail dot com

August 26, 2011 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger NW Homesteader said...

I google +1'd the post :)
alklong at hotmail dot com

August 26, 2011 at 3:50 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I love the part of Mariah's inteview of telling the importance of slowing down and following your child's lead. That is so important. I too have been following Mariah's blog tour and now yours as well. I would love the chance to win her book and a spot in her e course. Hopefully I am picked!! Thanks.

August 26, 2011 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Jen Law said...

I really NEED this book! My daughter has just started 1st grade and already thinks that the only real learning happens in school. This book would give me the pointers I need to gently remind her that LIFE is learning not just school.


August 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to read this book. Starting a new job in a play based preschool and this would be an amazing resource.

August 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous My Barefoot Angel said...

Have been following the blog tour. The book is a great resource, just finished reading it! Would love to get a spot in the ecourse.

August 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger bettyninja said...


betty_whoosh (at) yahoo (dot) com

August 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Would LOVE a chance to win. Store bought toys set around the house just don't sastisfy at my home. Creating playful spaces sounds like the right way to go. Would love a spot in the ecourse and book.

August 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

This is a great interview! Thanks for the chance to win.

August 26, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

This would be a great addition to my education resources.

August 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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August 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And my e-mail address: schoolencasa (at) gmail (dot) com

August 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Love said...

I enjoyed reading the interview.
Thanks for the chance to win :)
inocencioteacher at gmail dot com

August 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

August 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just the inspiration we need!


August 27, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Sounds like an amazing book, we could always use new ideas in our school day!

August 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Angela W said...

We could use more play in our days. More often than I'd like to be, I'm guilty of too much paper/pencil work.


August 28, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Christine Lillard said...

We would love to win this book I'm saving to buy it.

lillshuck @ comcast dot net

August 29, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Lori and Jack said...

I would love to win this book. I don't think I have ever won anything, so I had best start saving to buy it!

September 1, 2011 at 3:44 PM  

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