What Is Playful Inquiry?

Inquiry is the science, art and spirit of imagination. We naturally associate Inquiry with the logical mind’s intent to satisfy curiosity, solve problems, and explore ideas. Inquiry helps us connect our prior understanding to new experiences, modify and accommodate our previously held beliefs and conceptual models, and construct new knowledge.

Antonyms found in the dictionary: Answer, reply


Playful describes a state of surrender. It involves being open, letting go, and embracing unexpected direction or results. Being playful has positive effects on the body and the brain. Problem solving ability increases after a person has spent some time laughing. This works because laughter turns off the posterior hypothalamus and allows the cerebral cortex to focus on a given task.

Antonyms found in the dictionary: Earnest, serious-minded, sober, humorless, serious, working


Feel Into It

The practice of mindfulness is expertly taught by Michelle and Joel Levey, and we recommend them for a deeper exploration in those areas.  We incorporate mindfulness and meditative practices in Playful Inquiry.  Below, we have incorporated a slightly altered piece by Viola Spolin into one of Lori's photographs from Lori and Lyn's trip to Brazil.

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