Arts and Free Play

Thoughts for the day:

Recent research shows the correlation between the amount of dramatic play in pre-school and expulsion rates.  Basically, less play leads to more expulsion.     Stephen Henshaw, professor of psychology at Berkley, says: “Even more vital than the learning of reading  is the learning of play skills.”

In the 1970’s, Germany turned Kindergartens into centres for cognitive achievement.  A study was done comparing 50 play-based classes with the new learning centres.  It was discovered that by age 10, the children in play-based classes were doing better, advanced in academics and better adjusted socially and emotionally than their peers in the new learning centres. The former also excelled in creativity and intelligence.

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