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Is Preschool Play on it's way out?

Here is a list of some resources that I've found in regards to the Play verses Academics debate in schools. Hope this helps.

Why play-based learning? (free article) - Early Childhood Australia

‘ … for the EYLF to be implemented properly, all early childhood educators need to know what play is, why it is important, how to implement and assess a play-based program and their role in it.’

Play and Children's Learning | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Assessing and Scaffolding Make Believe Play: Mature make-believe play provides unique learning opportunities
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Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center

Earlychildhood NEWS is the online resource for teachers and parents of young children, infants to age 8. You will find articles about developmentally appropriate practice, child health, safety and behavior as well as links to teacher resources and networking opportunities.

"Play-based learning" What is it and why is it important?

An informational video for educators and parents/guardians.

The Role of Play in the Overly-Academic Classroom

Register for LEAD Conference at Play is being banished from kindergarten classrooms across the U.S. Learn how this is ...



Play and Learn Every Day: Play Based Learning

Quotes about play based learning at home.

Kindergarten: Play Based Learning

Explore Kirstin Coffman's board "Kindergarten: Play Based Learning" on Pinterest, a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas | See more about Sensory Bins, Sensory Table and Sensory Tubs.

CMEC Releases Statement On Play-Based Learning

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, has released a statement on play-based learning. Their conclusion? Given the evidence, the CMEC believes in the intrinsic value and importance of play and its relationship to learning. Educators should intentionally plan and create challenging, dynamic, playbased learning opportunities. Intentional teaching is the opposite of teaching by rote or continuing with traditions…

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play. This report offers guidelines on how pediatricians can advocate for children by helping families, school systems, and communities consider how best to ensure that play is protected as they seek the balance in children’s lives to create the optimal developmental milieu.

Comparing Preschool Philosophies: Play-Based vs. Academic

Are you comparing preschool philosophies? Learn what to consider as you search for the best preschool for your child.

Research News You Can Use: Debunking the Play vs. Learning Dichotomy | National Association for the Education of Youn...

The Director of the NAEYC Center for Applied Research examines the tension between play and academic achievement in early childhood education.

Academic vs. play-based preschool debate fading in favor of intellectual discovery

How preschoolers are taught is gaining greater focus as federal and state officials hope to expand funding for early childhood learning.   . 

Academic vs. Play Based Preschool - What Reasearch Tells Us

Which is better? Skills based preschool programs or play based preschool programs? depends on your goals, what you intend for your child to get out of preschool.

How academic should a preschool be? | GreatKids

The best preschools blend play time and seat work, helping develop academic skills while allowing children to learn through play.

Preschool Philosophies: Play-Based vs. Academic

Burke, VA - Preschool Philosophies: Play-Based vs. Academic

Preschool Philosophies: Play-Based vs. Academic

Burke, VA - Preschool Philosophies: Play-Based vs. Academic

Should preschools teach all work and no play?

Here's a dilemma for parents of 3- or 4-year-olds: When it comes to selecting a preschool, do you go for the one that calls itself an “academic” preschool or do you enroll your child in the fun place?

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

Many preschool and kindergarten teachers are extremely upset by the increased pressure to teach literary and numerical skills to little children and test them regularly. They can see firsthand the unhappiness generated, and they suspect that the children would be learning much more useful lessons by playing. Their suspicions are well validated by research studies.

In Preschool, What Matters More: Education or Play? |

It’s practically been relegated to superstar status in the annals of parenting lore: the Manhattan mom who sued her daughter’s $19,000-a-year preschool on grounds that the 4-year-old was not sufficiently prepared to tackle the entrance test for private kindergarten.

The natural way for preschoolers to learn

In your house, “play” might be loud, messy and chaotic. In a play-based preschool, however, the emphasis is always on learning — just in a very fun way.

Play Based Learning at Dallas Primary School

An insight into the Play Based Learning program in operation in Prep to Year 2 at Dallas Brooks Community Primary School.


This video demonstrates the importance of entering into children's play and extending their learning through thoughtful, open ended questioning.

Play is more than just fun

A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.