This IAE Blog entry draws on ideas in David Perkins' book Making Learning Whole (2010). In my 4/26/2011 IAE Blog entry about David Perkins’ book, I gave several examples of “whole game” and “junior-level game.” See http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/substantially-decreasing-the-illnesses-of-elementitus-and-aboutitus-in-education-.html. This current entry continues to explore ideas of such games.
Consider a young child sitting on a parent’s lap and listening to the parent reading a child's story. Think about this whole experience as a game being played by parent and child. From the child’s point of view, the game has a variety of components such as the creature comfort of sitting on a parent’s lap, the fun of being read to, viewing the pictures and relating them to the story, and responding to story-related questions posed by the parent.