How does playing all day promote learning?

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One of the most common questions parents ask about democratic free schools is, “What if they just play all day? How will they learn anything?” This is a very normal concern, and a question every parent of a democratically schooled child should know the answer to. I’m going to use some real life examples of learning opportunities during play that I have observed and participated in at Makarios. I’ll talk about “the three R’s,” science, and interpersonal skills.

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