Tag Archives: active play

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Toys?

As teachers and parents, we spend a lot of time thinking about what kinds of toys we give to children. We want toys that will encourage spatial reasoning skills, facilitate motor development, inspire collaboration and spark imagination. But how often … Continue reading

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What is SLC Reading this Summer? Part 2

“Neuroscientists, biologists, psychologists, social scientists, and researchers from every point of the scientific compass now know that play is a profound biological process. It has evolved over eons in many animal species to promote survival. It shapes the brain and … Continue reading

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Program Feature: The Critical Importance of Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers As we enter into an era in the world of … Continue reading

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Taking Risks at Recess

At Swanson Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand, what started as a research experiment ended in a permanent policy change. In a decision that sounds truly foreign to most American educators, the school eliminated all rules during outdoor recess. Instead, … Continue reading

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Looking for summer activities? Look no further, just let them play!

We loved this timeless article published in The Atlantic a couple summers ago: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/06/for-better-school-results-clear-the-schedule-and-let-kids-play/373144/.  And, we agree, free play is in fact the best summer school for children.  Read the full article for a detailed description of how a child’s … Continue reading

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