Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Arts

Primary Major

Literary and Cultural Studies

Thesis Advisor

Katherine Lewis, PhD


Play occupies a fundamental part of learning as a human being yet is often not used in an educational setting. Public Schools across California have increased the academic demand of students as early as Kindergarten with the intent to increase learning. While academic learning has seen moderate increases in past decades, the result has seen a decrease in play in the classroom. This essay assesses the benefits of using a Play-Based Learning method as well as describes the next steps needed to incorporate Play-Based Learning into Marin County Kindergarten classrooms.