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We Need Big Healthy Fun!

Despite the proven benefits to a child’s development, physical play is vastly disappearing. Recess has been increasingly reduced and replaced by test preparation and, in fact, physical play for children has decreased by 50 percent over the last forty years. Our...

Recess – Get Outside and Play to Learn More Inside

Thanks to rising academic standards and education reform, time set aside for play during the school day continues to be cut in favor of extended class time. Unlike structured classes, including physical education, recess allows for free, child-led play and is...

Brains Need to Play

The Importance of Play “It’s not just superfluous,” says Researcher Jaak Panksepp. “It’s a very valuable thing for childhood development. And we as a culture have to learn to use it properly and have to make sure our kids get plenty of...
Play – A Key to Early Childhood Learning

Play – A Key to Early Childhood Learning

Earlier Academic Instruction Doesn’t Deliver Preschools and kindergartens across the country operate under the belief “the earlier is better” when it comes to academic instruction. Not only are these assumptions not supported by research, an early focus on...

Learning Through Play

Academic vs. Play-Based Education Educational curricula such as Every Student Succeeds Act, Race to the Top, and the Common Core State Standards have prompted a switch toward more academic-based education for our American youngsters. While these programs may have good...

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