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Children thrive on risky play: Climbing trees improves creativity

Children thrive on risky play: Climbing trees improves creativity | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
A study carried out by the University of British Columbia in Canada found children became more resilient and enjoyed increased creativity after playing in more dangerous activities (file image).
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Sally DeCost's curator insight, June 14, 4:38 PM

Makes a whole lot of sense to me!

 

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The Importance of Age-Appropriate Education

The Importance of Age-Appropriate Education | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Age-appropriate learning and early childhood education are like the roots of a tree, which aren’t visible but constantly grow and build a strong foundation.
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Sesame Street helps poor kids learn faster

Sesame Street helps poor kids learn faster | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
The Kermits and Cookie Monsters embed moral and mathematical lessons in the show, helping kids keep up as well as Head Start does.
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School starting age: the evidence

School starting age: the evidence | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Research from Cambridge University. Full details here  
The post School starting age: the evidence appeared first on Play Scotland.
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A Quiver of Teaching Strategies (Not Just One Silver Bullet)

A Quiver of Teaching Strategies (Not Just One Silver Bullet) | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
To develop a class of risk takers, administrators need to encourage faculty to try new teaching strategies so they model for their students risk taking, flexibility, and resilience when failure happens.
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I like this image of a quiver of strategies.

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Theories of Early Childhood: Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky - TouroSGOTTESMAN

Theories of Early Childhood: Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky - TouroSGOTTESMAN | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
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Summer's 3 R's: Refresh, Renew and Re-Energize

Summer's 3 R's: Refresh, Renew and Re-Energize | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
For many teachers, summer vacation has started, or is just around the corner.  Family time, naps, professional development, travel, catching up on medical and dental appointments, and ~more~ naps are on many of our agendas.
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Great post from Michaele

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I've Said it Before, and I'll Say it Again

I've Said it Before, and I'll Say it Again | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Reading David Kohn's "Let the Kids Learn Through Play" this morning, my child advocate's voice asserted itself loudly in my head, greatly surprising me since I'm facing the last week of kindergarten, a time when many teachers are near collapse from...
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THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good | Children & Nature Network

THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good | Children & Nature Network | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
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Why Self-Regulation Skills Improve Kids Attention and Impulse Control • Movement and Self regulation skills for early childhood education

Why Self-Regulation Skills Improve Kids Attention and Impulse Control • Movement and Self regulation skills for early childhood education | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Self-regulation, the ability to monitor and manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, is the foundation for all other learning.

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Turning Early Childhood Educators Into Lifelong Learners: 5 Simple Reminders - MemberHub

Turning Early Childhood Educators Into Lifelong Learners: 5 Simple Reminders - MemberHub | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Last week I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Becky Bailey, creator of Conscious Discipline, deliver the keynote address at the NCaeyc Annual Conference.
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Put your favorite children’s book in a discovery bottle!

Put your favorite children’s book in a discovery bottle! | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
I am joining a few of my fellow bloggers today to bring you some new ideas for making Affordable and Amazing Discovery Bottles!
I have been making a new collection of discovery bottles this year which I call Literacy Discovery Bottles.
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Beyond Education Wars

Beyond Education Wars | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
K-12 education is an exhausted, bloodsoaked battlefield. Let’s shift some of the reformist passions to early childhood.
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Is the Common Core killing kindergarten? - The Boston Globe

Is the Common Core killing kindergarten? - The Boston Globe | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
The standards movement has trickled all the way down.
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Prairie Hill Waldorf School's curator insight, July 28, 1:46 PM

Waldorf Schools do not believe in "teaching to the test" but rather focus on laying the foundation that helps to create confident, creative, successful citizens of the world. 


"Many of the standards are too high and not developmentally appropriate for kindergartners. Opponents say teaching some academic skills too early can be counterproductive. They cite research suggesting that reading and math advantages in kindergarten are fleeting. Furthermore, they say, the pressure to meet academic standards will lead to lecture and work sheet style teaching, foster rote memorization, and snuff out the inquiry and play-based instruction that can instill a love of learning."

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Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom

Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
After focusing on raising test scores in math and reading, more school districts are embracing play as a bedrock of early education.
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Raising confident children: Why you should let your kids fall out of trees

The goal of parenting is not to simply get your children to adulthood in one piece, it is to help them be confident to handle risk maturely.  Full blog   The post Raising confident children: Why you should let your kids fall out of trees appeared...
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THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good | Children & Nature Network

THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good | Children & Nature Network | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
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Prairie Hill Waldorf School's curator insight, July 28, 1:01 PM

Children are smarter, braver and more resilient than we give them credit for. Allowing our kids exploration, healthy risk taking and even a little falling down (they'll get back up!)  teach them important life skills, skills that cannot be replicated anywhere but outdoors.

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Aesthetic Codes in Early Childhood Classrooms: What Art Educators can Learn from Reggio Emilia

Aesthetic Codes in Early Childhood Classrooms: What Art Educators can Learn from Reggio Emilia | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Innovative School Design
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My Hope for Next Year

My Hope for Next Year | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
We are so excited that summer will be starting, but also think about what we want to learn next year.                                                                                                                                                   ...
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Authentic Children’s Work

Authentic Children’s Work | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
To me, one of many things that separates the pros from the joes is if they can distinguish authentic children’s work. Can you?
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How Preschool Can Make You Smarter and Healthier — NOVA Next | PBS

How Preschool Can Make You Smarter and Healthier — NOVA Next | PBS | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Just two years of preschool can stay with people for decades, making them healthier, more intelligent adults.
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Philip Pullman: children need the freedom to take risks

Philip Pullman: children need the freedom to take risks | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
The pressure on children to succeed in exams is an awful imprisonment and means many are missing out on the freedom to explore, says the author
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25 Cool Reading Games For Kids: The Ultimate List!

25 Cool Reading Games For Kids: The Ultimate List! | Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Check out these insanely fun and interactive reading games. We've hand picked the best games from around the web. Super simple, free and tons of fun!
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Changing Education Paradigms

Sir Ken Robinson presented this video in 2010. It is at the heart of my decision to retire sooner rather than later. Have another listen.
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