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.