"We know that play is essential to good cognitive development ... When we study what goes on when kids play, we see that that's the situation and the activity in which they learn things that we consider to be essential to higher-order thinking. When kindergarten becomes too skill-oriented, kids are actually prevented from doing the things that we as psychologists know they need to do to develop sophisticated ways of thinking, including asking questions and trying to find answers to those questions." -- developmental psychologist Susan Engel
Read more about freedom and play in my post on homeschooling the early years, sparked by Andrew O'Hehir's Salon series.
The Language of Play - "Now imagine the first words that come out of [team leader's] mouth are, I want you to play with this project. And imagine her energy to be kind, open, light and playful." - Remembering to Play @rtplay
More on the importance of play:
- Unschooler's learn naturally through play
- David Elkind's lengthy and informative article "Much Too Early!"
- Stuart Brown's TEDTalks video, Play is more than fun
- National Institute for Play
- Original Play
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