Ultimate Block Party celebrates first year of province's full-day
TORONTO, June 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario public elementary schools are on
the right track by having play-based learning as the focus for the
province's new full-day kindergarten, according to the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
"The research evidence is clear that play-based learning fosters
creativity, initiative, collaboration and problem-solving," said ETFO
President Sam Hammond at The Ultimate Block Party, a free celebration of play which attracted thousands of families and
children in Toronto today. "We're celebrating the first year's
completion of this important educational initiative with the biggest
play date ever."
ETFO gathered 25 educational partners to develop play centres at the Ultimate Block Party to showcase how adventure play and construction play, language and
creative play, make believe and physical play relate to children's
brain development. Mountains of LEGO® bricks, kilos of clay, dress-up
costumes, robotics, and musical instruments were the focus of play
activities presented by partners including the Ontario Science Centre,
Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Scientists in School,
Right To Play, TVOKids, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, and Imagination
"Our goal is to have parents understand that play is the work of
children and that it fuels their brain development," added Hammond.
"That's true for children through all elementary grade levels. Play is
about developing innovation, creativity, and other skills to help
children succeed in life."
ETFO has developed a playbook full of information, resources and
activities for families to play at home. Called "My Playbook", it's
available for free online at www.ultimateblockparty.ca.
A leading advocate for the science of play, ETFO has also developed a
significant body of professional learning for teachers and early
childhood educators to develop and implement play-based curriculum in
Ontario elementary public school classrooms.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations: Cell: 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org