Play is the Therapy We All Need Right Now
It’s been said that we’re all going through a collective traumatic event right now. And while we try to shield our young children from much of it, they are still touched on some level.
Supporting the Power of Play at Home
There’s been a lot to take in over the past few weeks. A lot of change. A lot of questions.
Online Preschool: Panacea for Inequality or Placebo for Guilt?
Tapping the matching letters. Swiping rhyming words together.
This isn’t preschool. [Read more…]
The Paradox of Sitting Still in Preschool
Sometimes, when people picture what learning looks like, they imagine perfectly quiet children in perfectly arranged rows, sitting perfectly still.
But research tells us that’s not always what learning looks like. Especially when it comes to young children.
Advanced Content Coverage at Kindergarten: What Can We Really Learn from this Controversial New Study?
The debate over the roles of play and academics in kindergarten is not new. While my first response to this tired argument is always that it is a false dichotomy, a more specific challenge has recently entered the arena and therefore deserves a more specific response.
Kids Deserve More than an Internet Connection
The headlines have actually been coming for years, but a new round has been catching everyone’s attention the past few weeks.
“Old-fashioned toys, not video games, best for kids, pediatricians say.”
“So-called ‘educational’ toys rarely really are.”
“Old-fashioned toys better for development than high-tech gadgets, study finds.”
“The best toys are those that support play, new report says.”
Just in time for the biggest gift-giving season of the year, the American Academy of Pediatrics released toy guidelines that suggest that high-tech trends are promoting toys for children that are over-stimulating, ineffective when it comes to development, and in some cases, actually lead to skill delays.
Are we settling for “artificial intelligence” for our children?
The doctor was running behind (of course), so I flipped through one of the family magazines as I waited in her office. Almost immediately I was taken aback by an advertisement.
Play is Efficient
I have never met an early childhood teacher who complained about not having enough to do.
Do YOU Know Your Letter Sounds?
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