The Letter Thief: From Playing to Teaching to Learning to Playing

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In this chapter, we show how a learning content can be introduced in a child-initiated play frame, without interrupting the play. The chapter therefore gives an example of how what is sometimes referred to as academic content can be promoted through such activity. The analysis clarifies how reading and graphical symbols become structuring resources in children’s play. A real-world problem (as is) is introduced and managed within the fictional realm of play (as if).




Pramling, N., Wallerstedt, C., Lagerlöf, P., Björklund, C., Kultti, A., Palmér, H., … Pramling Samuelsson, I. (2019). The Letter Thief: From Playing to Teaching to Learning to Playing. In International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development (Vol. 26, pp. 153–164). Springer.

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