Transform the lives of children

Through Purposeful Play and Child-Led Learning

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About Me

Alanna Gallo is a teacher, mother to three young children and the founder of Play. Learn. Thrive., which provides parents with the education and tools they need to become more intentional about their children’s toys and play spaces so they can foster independent and unstructured play that encourages individualized learning, problem-solving skills and perseverance.

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Play. Learn. Thrive. Believes

We believe that we can transform the lives of children by encouraging parents to believe in the power of play and child-led learning.

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Home Classroom Success

I love creating learning invitations for my children. However, as we moved from preschool into upper elementary years, I had accumulated too much stuff! Alanna walked through our home classroom (virtually) with me, and helped me figure out the best ways to restructure our space. She gave me both big-concept ideas for storage and organization, as well as discreet ideas to create learning invitations for older kids using real-life household objects. Her tips and ideas motivated me to simplify and streamline. Now I have a soothing room with visual space, with dedicated areas to draw my kids into playful and gentle learning without distraction.
Julie Kieras, homeschooling mom and blogger at Happy Strong Home
Play. Learn. Thrive.
2020-08-15T02:14:41+00:00
I love creating learning invitations for my children. However, as we moved from preschool into upper elementary years, I had accumulated too much stuff! Alanna walked through our home classroom (virtually) with me, and helped me figure out the best ways to restructure our space. She gave me both big-concept ideas for storage and organization, as well as discreet ideas to create learning invitations for older kids using real-life household objects. Her tips and ideas motivated me to simplify and streamline. Now I have a soothing room with visual space, with dedicated areas to draw my kids into playful and gentle learning without distraction. Julie Kieras, homeschooling mom and blogger at Happy Strong Home

Purposeful Play


As a public school teacher and parent, I’ve always advocated for open-ended problem-solving through Genius Hour and passion projects in the classroom. Alanna’s experience as a public school teacher and parent has allowed her to design a course geared towards parents advocating for purposeful play and self-directed learning. Kids are naturally curious and inquisitive. Alanna’s methods help parents foster that creativity to let their children lead the way!
Jen Schneider, Public school teacher and owner of CreativeTechTeacher.com



Play. Learn. Thrive.
2020-08-15T02:15:19+00:00
As a public school teacher and parent, I’ve always advocated for open-ended problem-solving through Genius Hour and passion projects in the classroom. Alanna’s experience as a public school teacher and parent has allowed her to design a course geared towards parents advocating for purposeful play and self-directed learning. Kids are naturally curious and inquisitive. Alanna’s methods help parents foster that creativity to let their children lead the way! Jen Schneider, Public school teacher and owner of CreativeTechTeacher.com
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Our Values

Open-Ended Toys

Open-ended toys are ones that encourage active play. Children should be doing 90% of the work during play.


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Purposeful Play

Play is how children develop the cognitive, social and emotional skills that allow them to succeed in all things.

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Child-Led Learning

Our goal in parenting and teaching should always be to follow the child’s lead and encourage them down their own path.

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