How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert
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.”
Now, when young children start school, they often spend their first days not getting to know their classroom and making friends. They spend their first days getting tested. Here are words from one mother as this school year began:
“My daughter’s first day of kindergarten — her very first introduction to elementary school — consisted almost entirely of assessment. She was due at school at 9:30, and I picked her up at 11:45. In between, she was assessed by five different teachers, each a stranger, asking her to perform some task. By the time I picked her up, she did not want to talk about what she had done in school, but she did say that she did not want to go back. She did not know the teachers’ names. She did not make any friends. Later that afternoon, as she played with her animals in her room, I overheard her drilling them on their numbers and letters.”
The Washington Post
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
Why children fidget: And what we can do about it
Children are going to class with bodies that are less prepared to learn than ever before. With sensory systems not quite working right, they are asked to sit and pay attention. Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their body so desperately needs and is not getting enough of to “turn their brain on.” What happens when the children start fidgeting? We ask them to sit still and pay attention; therefore, their brain goes back to “sleep.”
How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play
What’s most important is not where kids take breaks but how much freedom we give them from their structured work. When break times are teacher-directed the recess loses its value. It’s free-play that gives students the opportunity to develop social competence. During these times, they not only rest and recharge—they also learn to cooperate, communicate, and compromise, all skills they need to succeed academically as well as in life.
Michael Thompson: Cum pot avea copiii noștri success in viață
Celebrul psiholog si autor de parenting Michael Thompson ne vorbeste in exclusivitate intr-o productie TOTUL DESPRE MAME si HotNews despre cum pot avea copiii nostri succes in viata; subiect abordat si in cadrul Conferintelor TOTUL DESPRE MAME, organizate in parteneriat cu Otilia Mantelers.
Playful Parenting – Lawrence J. Cohen
Playful Parenting is a complete guide to using play to raise strong, confident children.Have you ever stepped back to watch what really goes on when your children play? As Dr. Cohen points out, play is children’s complex and fluid way of exploring the world, communicating hard-to-express feelings, getting close to those they care about, working through stressful situations, and simply blowing off steam. That’s why “playful parenting” is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children.
Nimeni nu s-a născut adult. Problema fundamentală a educației
Jucăriile au fost inventate de adulți pentru a scăpa de copii. Chiar dacă ei gândesc altfel. Contrar a ceea ce cred adulții, copiii nu se joacă, eu ai o muncă de făcut: să construiască un adult.