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Roaring Fork Valley puts the focus on early childhood education

Roaring Fork Valley puts the focus on early childhood education | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Research continues to show that early childhood education can drastically improve kids' chances of success in life, so educators at the local and state levels are trying to improve access to preschool for more youngsters.
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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Movement stimulates the brain and may help students become better learners.
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Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
The beneficial effects of philosophy lasted for two years, with the intervention group continuing to outperform the control group long after the classes had finished. “They had been given new ways of thinking and expressing themselves,”said Kevan Collins, chief executive of the EEF. “They had been thinking with more logic and more connected ideas.”
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‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’

‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’ | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before, and this is changing the development of their muscles and senses. They are becoming a generation of “unsafe” children — reports of clumsiness and falls are on the rise in schools. As adults, at least we have a choice if we’d like to take a movement break. Children don’t always have that luxury.
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MultiBrief: The play debate: Shouldn’t preschoolers work more at school?

MultiBrief: The play debate: Shouldn’t preschoolers work more at school? | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
The skilled preschool teacher highly values and nurtures the child's fundamental creative and imaginative nature with countless opportunities and environments for exploration and play. Preschool and kindergarten programs that strike a healthy balance between stimulating work and engaging play prepare the child for success in primary school and beyond. They empower these individuals to go beyond functioning in a competitive world to making valuable changes in that world.
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When it comes to raising children, be a gardener, not a carpenter

When it comes to raising children, be a gardener, not a carpenter | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Psychologist Alison Gopnik says parents should put down the flash cards and stop stressing about things like "co-sleeping". Children don't need more structure, she says — they need more freedom. And if they get it, they will thrive in unexpected ways.
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Students Who Play Well Do Better in School

Students Who Play Well Do Better in School | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Education does not stop when recess begins.
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Noam Chomsky Defines What It Means to Be a Truly Educated Person

Noam Chomsky Defines What It Means to Be a Truly Educated Person | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it

"...the core principle and requirement of a fulfilled human being is the ability to inquire and create constructively, independently, without external controls. A true education, Chomsky suggests, opens a door to human intellectual freedom and creative autonomy."

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MultiBrief: The play debate: Do preschoolers need more free time?

MultiBrief: The play debate: Do preschoolers need more free time? | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
"Play is a major occupation of childhood and essential to children's mental health and their overall development,'' said James Johnson, professor of education in curriculum and instruction and program director for early childhood education in the College of Education at Penn State.
Play fosters the development of language, social, physical, math, science and thinking skills, which will serve young children in academic subjects later on. Their self-esteem grows as a result of enhancing these abilities.
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How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
So never in my wildest dreams could I have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in today.

Where education policies that do not reflect what we know about how young children learn could be mandated and followed. We have decades of research in child development and neuroscience that tell us that young children learn actively — they have to move, use their senses, get their hands on things, interact with other kids and teachers, create, invent. But in this twisted time, young children starting public pre-K at the age of 4 are expected to learn through “rigorous instruction.”

And never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that we would have to defend children’s right to play.
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Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Get Bored

Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Get Bored | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it

It isn't the boredom that is beneficial; it is the adventure that comes once we pass through the boredom phase.   "But the truth is, a little tedium is good for us. Two separate studies from 2013 found that, in moderation, boredom increases creativity and helps us redirect our focus to new goals."

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The movement to bring back ‘risky’ play for children

The movement to bring back ‘risky’ play for children | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Many experts agree that children’s play has become too safe, and kids are suffering the consequences
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Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime?

Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime? | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
As kindergarten and pre-k have become more academically rigorous, some worry that the very youngest students may be missing out on crucial development through abundant playtime. But other educators believe setting high expectations for achievement helps kids, especially low-income students, excel. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
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10 ways to help kids fall in love with being outside

10 ways to help kids fall in love with being outside | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Yes, the devices are appealing. But children need — and benefit from— free time in nature.
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University of Derby: Children in touch with nature do better in SATs

University of Derby: Children in touch with nature do better in SATs | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
CHILDREN who are in touch with nature achieve better results in their year six SATs at primary school, according to University of Derby research.

A group of psychologists at th
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Outdoor Play Time can Enhance Children's Sleep

Outdoor Play Time can Enhance Children's Sleep | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
A new report finds that young children and teens are losing anywhere from 10 to 14 hours of sleep a week, putting children at risk of stunted physical growth, poor performance at school, anxiety or depression and potential future health problems like obesity. The report emphasizes the benefits of o
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What You Can Learn From A Preschool That Lives In The Woods

What You Can Learn From A Preschool That Lives In The Woods | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Lia Grippo, Director of the Wild Roots Forest School, created a curriculum that embraces the outdoors while instilling attentiveness and patience.
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When it comes to raising children, be a gardener, not a carpenter

When it comes to raising children, be a gardener, not a carpenter | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Psychologist Alison Gopnik says parents should put down the flash cards and stop stressing about things like "co-sleeping". Children don't need more structure, she says — they need more freedom. And if they get it, they will thrive in unexpected ways.
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How to Raise Creative Children

How to Raise Creative Children | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Three rules that might make your child a future Nobel Prize winner
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Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education by Ken Robinson, PhD and Lou Aronica - Learning and the Brain blogLearning and the Brain blog

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education by Ken Robinson, PhD and Lou Aronica - Learning and the Brain blogLearning and the Brain blog | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
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No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system

No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
In Finland children don’t start school until they are seven, but what happens before that is even more important
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On the Wildness of Children

On the Wildness of Children | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
In many rural land-based societies, learning is not coerced; children are expected to voluntarily observe, absorb, practice, and master the knowledge and skills they will need as adults –– and they do.  In these societies –– which exist on every inhabited continent –– even very young children are free to choose their own actions, to play, to explore, to participate, to take on meaningful responsibility. “Learning” is not conceived as a special activity at all, but as a natural by-product of being alive in the world.
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Why Teachers, Parents, and Society at Large Have Destroyed Kids’ Love of Learning

Why Teachers, Parents, and Society at Large Have Destroyed Kids’ Love of Learning | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
The truth—for this parent and so many others—is this: Her child has sacrificed her natural curiosity and love of learning at the altar of achievement, and it’s our fault. Marianna’s parents, her teachers, society at large—we are all implicated in this crime against learning. From her first day of school, we pointed her toward that altar and trained her to measure her progress by means of points, scores, and awards. We taught Marianna that her potential is tied to her intellect, and that her intellect is more important than her character. We taught her to come home proudly bearing As, championship trophies, and college acceptances, and we inadvertently taught her that we don’t really care how she obtains them. We taught her to protect her academic and extracurricular perfection at all costs and that it’s better to quit when things get challenging rather than risk marring that perfect record. Above all else, we taught her to fear failure. That fear is what has destroyed her love of learning.
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Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one
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How the New Preschool Is Crushing Kids

How the New Preschool Is Crushing Kids | Foundations of Learning | Scoop.it
Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.
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