Over the last few years, I have become a big advocate of learning through play (as it is very appropriate for early childhood). But not all educators and administrators jump on this bandwagon. It is a tough battle to fight (especially with the rigor movement and all the testing) but I know, in the end, I can advocate for my students. Learning through play provides such an organic and natural way for students in the early years to practice conversation or trying out different ways to solve a problem. Our English Language Learners need to have time to play.
Want to give it a try? Here are a few articles to get you started.