OLPH Tosses Tech Aside for Play-Based Learning Carnival on Tues. April 9

Students playing one of many games at Our Lady’s previous Winter Carnival.


Who: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Teachers

What:  Play-based Learning Carnival

When: Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30pm

Where: OLPH School – Marian Inn

Why:  Fred Rogers stated that “play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Unfortunately, tech is often more prevalent than play in the lives of our children.  

In a January 2019 study from JAMA Pediatrics researchers found that, on average, children were spending about 2-3 hours a day in front of a screen. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that toddlers and young children spend no more than one hour a day–and that’s watching high quality programs. OLPH is paying attention to these numbers and alarming trends; school administrators and educators think it’s more important than ever to promote play-based learning opportunities in the classroom.

“Tech has its place, but play is the true language of children.  It helps them work through their emotions and learn about the world around them.  Play is self-controlled and self-directed, creative and innovative,” says Mrs. Maureen Kohler, OLPH kindergarten teacher. With the primary emphasis on academic standards and test scores, play-based learning is not always a priority in other schools.  Focusing on developmental appropriateness, Our Lady teachers have learned how to balance academic standards and test scores together with technology.

How: Our Lady is hosting a “no-tech” play-based carnival for all area children from preschool to middle school. There will be wooden carnival games like Life-Sized version of the game “Operation” and Plinko, with prize drawings every 15 minutes.  Our Lady teachers, with over 300 years of combined experience, will be on hand to discuss their experiences with past and current learning trends and to answer questions from parents about how they see the future of learning.

“One of the most exciting opportunities for play-based learning that our children have here are our school carnivals,” says Mrs. Danielle Frio, OLPH Principal. “This year, we’re opening it up to the wider community so that other students can play like ours do and we can all learn from each other.”

Open to the public.  Free admission, snacks and drinks.  All media are welcome to attend and take photos.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is a K-8 Allentown Diocese School located in Bethlehem Township, PA. We strive to develop in each child a love of learning, respect for self and others, and a close relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you would like more information about Our Lady of Perpetual Help School or this event, please contact Arielle Kaminski, Advancement Director at kaminskia@olphbeth.org or 610.868.6570 x406.