Bachelor of Science (BS)
School of Education
The purpose of this thesis is to explore how informal play can influence communication development and social-emotional learning in elementary-aged children. In addition, ideas of rejection from play opportunities and the benefits of play-based learning environments were examined. These topics were explored through a comprehensive literature review that covered 18 articles, texts, and journals. It was found that informal play positively influences communication development and social-emotional learning. This is supported by play-based learning environments. This thesis recommends that teachers implement a play-based learning environment into the classroom, as well as opportunities for informal play and academic play during the school day.
Ciman, Eleanor and Ofiesh, Eleanor, "Learning Through Play in the Elementary Classroom" (2021). Honors Theses. 317.