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When it comes to Quality Care ... Start Younger! | The Urban Child Institute

When it comes to Quality Care ... Start Younger! | The Urban Child Institute | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
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Building with Blocks

Studies dating to the 1940s indicate that blocks help children absorb basic math concepts. One published in 2001 tracked 37 preschoolers and found that those who had more sophisticated block play got better math grades and standardized test scores in high school. And a 2007 study by Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, found that those with block experience scored significantly better on language acquisition tests.

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In Search of More Play in Kindergarten – and More Solid Research on What’s Happening There | New America Blogs

In Search of More Play in Kindergarten – and More Solid Research on What’s Happening There | New America Blogs | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
Until we have a large, national study using independent observers and employing sound, consistent methodologies for collecting information, using words like "crisis" only blurs the picture, making it hard to make helpful distinctions between classrooms that veer too far to "anything goes" chaos, those that rely too much on didactic "repeat after me" lessons and those where strong, innovative teachers have learned that playtime and learning go hand-in-hand.
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Judy's comment, September 18, 2012 8:48 PM
I agree with the author that there has to be a balance in the classroom. I also believe that play experience lead to learning experiences. Allowing students to communicate with each other is so important. Today I observed in a Kindergarten class for over two hours. At no time where the students allowed to talk or collaborate with each other. The class has a nonverbal student that would benefit greatly from structured play experiences.
Judy's comment, September 18, 2012 8:48 PM
I agree with the author that there has to be a balance in the classroom. I also believe that play experience lead to learning experiences. Allowing students to communicate with each other is so important. Today I observed in a Kindergarten class for over two hours. At no time where the students allowed to talk or collaborate with each other. The class has a nonverbal student that would benefit greatly from structured play experiences.
Teach Preschool's comment, January 18, 2013 10:40 AM
That's horrible Judy! So sad to know that Kindergarten children are being told to sit and quietly work. Kindergarten age children need to talk, collaborate, play, explore, examine, predict, test, and more! I sure hope you were able to observe some different Kindergarten programs!
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How important is play in preschool? - Social Skills | GreatSchools

As preschools strengthen their academic focus, play maintains a vital role.
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Early Childhood Learning Through Play

Early Childhood Learning Through Play | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
One constant that we can always count on, regardless of cultural or social situations, is that young children will play. If you ask a young child why he plays, he'll probably say "Because it's fun!" Of course, being adults, we have to define play in terms we are comfortable with. Below is an overview of play theory and theorists from the past 100 years.
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Learning Through Play

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if you look closely, they were exploring spatial relationships, honing motor capabilities, practicing social skills and language, creatively thinking, gathering information about the world through their senses, or to put it simply, learning through play.
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Outdoor Preschool - Norway

... taught to manage risk, rather than avoid it. Everything is dangerous! says outdoor teacher Heidi Buvang. We motivate children to expand their l...
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The Creativity Crisis - Newsweek

The Creativity Crisis - Newsweek | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it.
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Want to get your kids into college? Let them play

Want to get your kids into college? Let them play | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
Every day where we work, we see our young students struggling with the transition from home to school. They're all wonderful kids, but some can't share easily or listen in a group.
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Hear Me

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Welcome to the Tell-Port, Hear Me's digital archive of youth narratives from Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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The Fred Rogers Company Professional Development Newsletter

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Much as I don't like the cold February weather here in Pittsburgh, one evening I found myself looking at a wintry scene with new eyes, thanks to Fred Rogers and our “Let’s Explore” workshop.
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Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis - Laura Seargeant Richardson - Life - The Atlantic

Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis - Laura Seargeant Richardson - Life - The Atlantic | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
The division between work and play is a myth. If America is going to teach its youth to innovate, we need to unite the two.
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Early Childhood Education – Some Basic Facts

Early Childhood Education – Some Basic Facts | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
Since the last decade of the previous century, with the advent of Internet in a big way, societies all round the world have undergone a sea change. With the shifts in career preferences, education has largely become a life long.
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ECRP. Vol 5 No 1. Preschool Teachers' Play Experiences Then and Now

ECRP. Vol 5 No 1. Preschool Teachers' Play Experiences Then and Now | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
Many preschool teachers recognize the importance of play for children's development and learning and emphasize play in their classrooms. This paper explores how they remember their own childhood play and how they perceive children's play today. Twenty Swedish preschool teachers were interviewed regarding their views of play. Two characteristic perspectives were identified—the idealized and the pragmatic. Findings suggest that the idealized perspective was more common than the pragmatic among the preschool teachers interviewed. Two different themes from childhood stand out as significant in the comparison of play in the past to the role of play today: time for play and the effect of media on play.
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Play in Preschool: Why it Matters | Education.com

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Playing might seem to have little to do with the academic knowledge that children will need to succeed in kindergarten. So why is it so important in preschool?
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Play on Childhood 101

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When it comes to Quality Care ... Start Younger! | The Urban Child Institute

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In early childhood kids experience unparalleled cognitive growth and the foundation is laid for subsequent development http://ow.ly/4O0Gi...
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The Movement to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum

The Movement to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
Play helps develop crucial skills, advocates say as they try to pull children and their parents away from the screen.
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Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has

Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
In the ongoing battle over kindergarten—has exploratory play been shunted aside for first-grade-style pencil-and-paper work?—one of the nation’s oldest voices in child development is weighing in with historic data.
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Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center

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Research indicates that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play.
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Welcome to Imagination Playground

Welcome to Imagination Playground | Play in Early Childhood | Scoop.it
a breakthrough playspace concept designed to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play
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:: Sandbox Summit ::

Technology has become omnipresent in almost every new toy, the concern is that the products too often do the playing, while the kids do the watching. Dolls come with complete back stories; animals repeat the phrases they utter on TV; and so-called learning toys preach rather than teach.

The cofounders of Sandbox Summit, Claire Green and Wendy Smolen, put forth the challenge “How can we ensure that our children become active users, and not passive consumers of technology?”
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