About Me

Hi, my name is Leah Stallard and as the creator of Playing2Learn.com™, I'll bet you'd like to know a little bit more about me, specifically-

Who I am...

...what I do...

...and why I'm here.

Who I Am

I have always been of the opinion that you can tell a lot about a person by what they put on their walls.  So... I think the best way I can introduce myself is to show you something on my wall.

This nifty creation hangs above the door that leads out of my office.  I made it with crepe paper, fabric strips, Mod Podge, a liquid laundry soap squirty dispenser cap (I believe that's the technical term 😉 ) and a piece from my broken salad spinner.

For this graduate school assignment, I had to represent my "rationale for arts integration," or in other words, why I think using the arts as tools to teach core subjects is so valuable and important.  I could go into a more detailed explanation of this artwork, but to sum it up, the arts just help everything come together and make even more sense, wouldn't you agree?

On a more formal note, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Studies with a minor in Music and an emphasis in Directing and Children's Theatre, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum with an emphasis in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts.

Yes, I know that's a mouthful... 

Basically, all of this has prepared me to create fun arts integrated, standards based activities and I am super excited to share them with you and your children.

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What I Do

I love being a guest teacher in public schools, after-school workshops and homeschool co-ops and continue to learn new things every time I teach.  I especially love to show kids that you really can play and learn at the same time.  To give you an idea of how much fun we have, here are some photos that a friend of mine took while I was teaching in her homeschool setting:

The lesson started by making different origami birds. Then we talked about birds and their habitats.

Next we learned how birds move when they are nesting and when they are in flight.

Then we talked a little about gravity and rotation and explored how these forces might effect how a bird moves through space.

Here's a little trick- for the boys' benefit, I didn't call it dance, I called it movement! 🙂

After the formal lesson was over, one of the children even came up with the idea to make a simple diorama of a bird and its nest.

As you can see, we all had great fun playing to learn and it was all supported by educational standards!  And guess what-- the lesson lasted for over two hours and we were all amazed at how quickly the time had passed...

Why I'm Here

So in case you haven't already figured it out, I have a deep love for the arts.  And I believe that without the arts, life would be pretty bland and boring!

I also love learning and believe that it must be challenging and fun all at the same time to truly be valuable and make it into your long term memory.  You know, to be an experience that you remember twenty years later in vivid detail, something that has permanently changed you...

Using the arts to teach core subjects can beautifully and easily create these memorable experiences for you and your children!

I am here to help you as a homeschool mom because I know that you are undertaking a noble and wonderful work that deserves to be recognized and defended.  I admire you for sacrificing to provide a world class education for your children and I want to encourage and support you in your efforts.

To Sum It Up...

It comes down to this-- my arts integrated, standards based activities make learning seem like play and will leave your kids so excited that they will thirst to learn more.  Yes, I know this is a bold statement, however, I can say it because I have seen it happen...

Above all, it is my greatest hope that every Playing2Learn™ activity will create awesome learning experiences that your children will remember for years to come.

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