Let the Kids Learn Through Play
“I’ve seen it many, many times in many, many classrooms — kids being told to sit at a table and just copy letters. They don’t know what they’re doing. It’s heartbreaking.”
A psychology professor at the University of North Florida studied 343 children who had attended a preschool class that was “academically oriented”. By the end of the fourth grade those who had received more didactic instruction earned significantly lower grades than those who had been allowed more opportunities to learn through play.
Another study looked at a group of 83 students over several years and found that those who started at age 5 had lower reading comprehension than those who began learning later.
Play is essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to control attention, to control emotions. Kids learn these things through playing.
New York Times

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