Putting the Play Back in Kindergarten
I received these two notes within half an hour of each other. I couldn't answer the first because it's a phony e-mail address. Funny thing: people who write to say something negative rarely give a legitimate address.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children offers a wealth of resources. Here are a few:
Chopsticks and Counting Chips
Preschool-Academics or Play? also speaks to kdg issue.
Top 10 Signs of a Good Kindergarten Classroom
Here's a bibliography that might be helpful:
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
Take a look at The American Association for the Child's Right to Play
Here's their (strong) position statement.
THE IPA DECLARATION oF A CHILD'S RIGHT TO PLAY WHAT IS PLAY? * CHILDREN are the foundation of the world's future. * CHILDREN have played at all times throughout history and in all cultures. * PLAY, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter and education, is vital to develop the potential of all children. * PLAY is communication and expression, combining thought and action; it gives satisfaction and a feeling of achievement. * PLAY is instinctive, voluntary, and spontaneous. * PLAY helps children develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. * PLAY is a means of learning to live, not a mere passing of time.Here's research on the importance of recess http://www.ipausa.org/recessresearch.html
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