25 Nov Children: They’re not “just playing”
We hope that being part of the EFC family has already given you an awareness of and appreciation for the importance of play in children’s development. Below is an inspiring video on the topic of play. In addition, the Washington Post published an article earlier this year, A very scary headline about kindergarteners, which discusses the dangers of an early childhood education system with too much emphasis on performance standards at the expense of play-based learning. As the author writes,
Research shows that children learn best when they have hands-on learning experiences, engage in structured play, experience facts within meaningful contexts, invent their own problems to explore and solve, and share their own solutions. The current emphasis on standards and testing has led many schools to over-focus on assessment at the expense of meeting children’s developmental needs and teaching meaningful content. Play and activity-based learning have been disappearing from many early childhood classrooms, and – along with them – children’s natural motivation and love of learning.
If you have not already done so, we invite you to explore the resources around play-based learning that we’ve posted on our website.