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Using the outdoors to foster academic goals

Ruth Wilson writes: “The term ‘academic’ is often associated with traditional subject areas taught in a formal school setting, such as reading, mathematics, science and social studies. Related goals can include desired learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge, skills, … Continue reading

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Outdoor play

Ruth Wilson asserts that “While creative play can and does occur in almost any environment, recent research indicates that natural outdoor spaces have a special quality that promotes the frequency, duration, and quality of creative play (Bilton 2010a, Elliot 2008, … Continue reading

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Another quote on the value of play

“Play – it’s natural for young children. We see children engaging in play almost from the moment of birth. They play with their hands; they play with sounds; and they play with almost anything anywhere. Animals and adult humans engage … Continue reading

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The germinal leaves of later life

“A child that plays thoroughly, with self active determination …will surely be a determined man … play at this time is not trivial, it is highly serious and of deep significance… the plays of childhood are the germinal leaves of … Continue reading

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Froebel and his kindergarten

Tina Bruce explains that “[Friedrich] Froebel [(1782-1852)] was the inventor of the kindergarten.” (p.56) “Froebel’s ideas have entered mainstream educational practice, but at the time he put them forward, they were revolutionary. Froebel did not set down his ideas with … Continue reading

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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All kinds of play are essential for learning and development

“…the historic stigma of play being regarded as frivolous still looms in the minds of a fraction of parents and educators. It is the experience of many educators who have really worked with children that they apparently respond more effectively … Continue reading

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