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Important New Findings: Linking Self-regulation, Pretend Play And Learning In Young Children

"(Young children) need to touch and manipulate objects and to learn by doing. They need to question and be curious and try out their hypotheses. They need to see things and make sense out of what they see. They need to use their language and build vocabulary by interacting with adults and other children. Young children do not learn by memorizing and practicing rote drills on paper. The young child also needs to develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically — in other words, the whole child must develop. All of this learning and development happens during play and playful activities." Read more

Let the Playing Commence!

“Wonder (curiosity), self-discovery, problem-solving, interaction, exploration, and play—that’s what Bev Bos taught me. Reading and writing come after these approaches to learning are established. Children learn best when they can make their own choices and set their own goals. Because each child is unique, multiple channels of learning must be celebrated.” Read more

The Best School Prep Is (Literally) Child's Play

“According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, unstructured, child-driven play is crucial to healthy brain development, helping children solve their own problems, handle emotions like anger and fear, socialize with others, grow a love for learning and develop executive function – the (very important) ability to work independently, set goals and figure out how to reach them. And because play disguises all this development as “fun,” kids don’t even realizing they’re learning stuff!” Read more

The Decline Of Play In Preschoolers - And The Rise In Sensory Issues

“Preschool years are not only optimal for children to learn through play, but also a critical developmental period. If children are not given enough natural movement and play experiences, they start their academic careers with a disadvantage. They are more likely to be clumsy, have difficulty paying attention, trouble controlling their emotions, utilize poor problem-solving methods, and demonstrate difficulties with social interactions. We are consistently seeing sensory, motor, and cognitive issues pop up more and more in later childhood, partly because of inadequate opportunities to move and play at an early age.” Read more

Play: The Foundation of Children's Learning

“…creating is playing, moving is playing, singing is playing, discussing is playing, observing is playing, and reading is playing. Learning is playing and playing is learning. Playful learning is how children get ready for school.” Read more

 

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