This article presents some research on how Kindergarten has changed over the years and has become more rigorously focused on academic instruction. As a result, elements of play and socialization that had traditionally characterized the kindergarten experience have all but disappeared from today’s kindergarten classroom. The author also provides a rationale for the importance of play in helping children develop academically, socially, and emotionally.Source:
Christopher Brown, The Conversation, April 27, 2016Description:
Research has consistently shown classrooms that offer children the opportunities to engage in play-based and child-centered learning activities help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Furthermore, recess in particular helps children restore their attention for learning in the classroom….Giving children a chance to play and engage in hands-on learning activities helps them internalize new information as well as compare and contrast what they’re learning with what they already know. It also provides them with the chance to interact with their peers in a more natural setting and to solve problems on their own. Lastly, it allows kindergartners to make sense of their emotional experiences in and out of school.
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