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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How can we engage all learners? Let students play

E-School News – Suzi Wilczynski

“When students are put in an environment in which they can learn their own way without fear, they become lifelong independent learners.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

As Prekindergarten Expands in New York City, Guiding Guided Play

The New York Times – Ginia Bellafante

“On Thursday, more than 50,000 public school children in New York embarked on their formal education as the city officially began its expanded prekindergarten program, the marquee undertaking of Bill de Blasio’s mayoralty. The days leading up to the start of the school year were as frantic as anyone might have predicted — staffing and supplying the program have been compressed into just a few months. Facing safety concerns and other issues, several centers were unable to open; others faced delays.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ditch the playdate: 4 ways to encourage creative play for kids

The Christian Science Monitor – Lane Brown

“Parents and experts are pushing back against today’s level of organized play, and the safety precautions around that play…Here are four ways parents can help their kids have more open and creative play.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

3 Reasons Children Need A Video Game Vacation And 1 Reason They Don’t

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“…when I took my kids to a house in the country surrounded by rolling hills and a giant yard last week I went for an on/off strategy. I instituted a ‘no devices before dark’ rule…So what did I learn about parenting during the week? It shifted the way I think about screen time in surprising ways.” (more)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Play ‘boosts children’s development and happiness’

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Play helps boost children’s language development, problem solving, risk management and independent learning skills, a study reaffirms.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brains At Play

GPB News – John Poole

“Panksepp and others think the lack of play is a serious problem. Especially at younger ages. And particularly in school settings. Without play, we know that other species become quick to aggression and have trouble “fitting in.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“”The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says…But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?


“Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.” (more)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Squeeze on playgrounds as schools tackle places crush

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Pupils in a third of expanding primaries could end up with less space to play in as new classrooms swallow up fields and playgrounds, it is reported.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students

The Atlantic – Jessica Lahey

“Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.” (more)