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Protecting Learning Through Play
April 27, 2017
Minds differ still more than faces.

"Research has found that early didactic instruction might actually worsen academic performance," states David Kohn in his New York Times article, "Let the Kids Learn Through Play." He goes on to say that, "Rebecca A. Marcon, a psychology professor at the University of North Florida, studied 343 children who had attended a preschool class that was 'academically oriented,' one that encouraged 'child initiated' learning, or one in between.

"She looked at the students' performance several years later, in third and fourth grade, and found that by the end of the fourth grade those who had received more didactic instruction earned significantly lower grades than those who had been allowed more opportunities to learn through play. Children's progress 'may have been slowed by overly academic preschool experiences that introduced formalized learning experiences too early for most children’s developmental status,' Dr. Marcon wrote.

"Nevertheless, many educators want to curtail play during school. 'Play is often perceived as immature behavior that doesn’t achieve anything,' says David Whitebread, a psychologist at Cambridge University who has studied the topic for decades. 'But it's essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to control attention, to control emotions. Kids learn these things through playing.'"

Important Books About the Importance of Play

These three books help build a strong understanding of the crucial role of play in children’s learning and lives:

Lisa Murphy on Play:
The Foundation of Children’s Learning by Lisa Murphy

Loose Parts:
Inspiring Play in Young Children by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky

The Play’s the Thing:
Teachers’ Role in Children’s Play by Elizabeth Jones and Gretchen Reynolds

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