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Learning Through Play Parents

Want to get your kids into college? Let them play

By Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis (Published in CNN Opinion)
December 29, 2010

Every day where we work, we see our young students struggling with the transition from home to school. They're all wonderful kids, but some can't share easily or listen in a group.

Some have impulse control problems and have trouble keeping their hands to themselves; others don't always see that actions have consequences; a few suffer terribly from separation anxiety.

The Four Secrets of Playtime That Foster Creative Kids

This is the second post in a new series, produced by Frog Design, drawn from their publication, Design Mind.

By Laura Seargeant Richardson


Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum

The New York Times
January 5, 2011
SARAH WILSON was speaking proudly the other day when she declared: “My house is a little messy.”

Ms. Wilson lives in Stroudsburg, Pa., a small town in the Poconos. Many days, her home is strewn with dress-up clothes, art supplies and other artifacts from playtime with her two small children, Benjamin, 6, and Laura, 3. “I let them get it messy because that’s what it’s here for,” she said.

A Box? Or a Spaceship? What Makes Kids Creative

The Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2010
By Sue Shellenbarger

When art teacher Kandy Dea recently assigned fourth-graders in her Walnut, Iowa, classroom to create a board game to play with a friend, she was shocked by one little boy's response: He froze.

The Creativity Crisis

The following article was published by Newsweek
July 10, 2010  
By Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Let the Children Play (Some More)

By Stuart Brown
September 2, 2009

Here on the balmy central coast of California and all across the country, kids are heading back to school. The classes are larger, the No Child Left Behind mandates remain in place and, despite advice from the nation’s secretary of health and human services and others, recess and physical education (not to mention art and music instruction) have in many schools been cut back or eliminated.

The 3 R’s? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess

February 23, 2009
The best way to improve children’s performance in the classroom may be to take them out of it.

New research suggests that play and down time may be as important to a child’s academic experience as reading, science and math, and that regular recess, fitness or nature time can influence behavior, concentration and even grades.


Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them

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