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4 Reasons To Ditch Academic Preschools | Janet Lansbury

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***Transforming Education Series: Early Childhood Education***

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           I am absolutely passionate about the need to transform early education: play must be the central focus because this is how children learn. Today’s post is an “oldie but goody” from Janet Lansbury and offers some cogent reasons why we should ditch the current bastardized academic model.

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Source: 4 Reasons To Ditch Academic Preschools | Janet Lansbury

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12 Types of Play Infographic – e-Learning Infographics

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***Play Is Essential Series: Types of Play Infographic***

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Learn About the 12 Types of Play!

Source: 12 Types of Play Infographic – e-Learning Infographics

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Play in Learning!

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The Benefits of Playgrounds for Building Developmental Skills

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***Play Is Essential Series: Play & Child Development***

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          Play is the foundation of all human development and playgrounds offer a communal setting for play. Today’s post is a brief overview of how playgrounds can enhance the development of key skills in children.

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Source: The Benefits of Playgrounds for Building Developmental Skills

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2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play, April 2-5, 2017

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***CONFERENCE ALERT: Play and Design in April***

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           The US Play Coalition is holding the 2017 Conference on the Value of Play at Clemson University in South Carolina in early April. It brings together a wide range of professionals concerned with play–researchers, designers, educators, community leaders, etc. You might want to check it out and pass the information on to someone who is a play professional.

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Source: 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play, April 2-5, 2017

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Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego | Education | The Guardian

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***Play Is Essential Series: LEGO and Early Childhood Education***

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           All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. Play must be central to the development of children. Lego is investing seriously in research on the importance of play in child development through its establishment of a professorship and research center at Cambridge University in the UK. This article from The Guardian is an excellent overview of both the issues and what the Lego Foundation is doing. Pass it on to school boards in your community.

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Source: Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego | Education | The Guardian

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How to Design Playgrounds for All Kids – CityLab

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***Play Is Essential Series: Inclusive Playgrounds***

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             It is no secret that I love CityLab, a great resource on urban development from Atlantic Media. Today’s post is a cogent essay on the importance of building inclusive playgrounds for kids of all abilities–and I would add for adults as well. There are practical suggestions here you may want to share with others in your community.

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“Inclusive playgrounds accommodate kids with disabilities, fostering fun and compassion for all.”

Source: How to Design Playgrounds for All Kids – CityLab

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The Creative Apothecary Believes Play Is Essential   for All of Us!

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Playtimes – The British Library

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***Play Is Essential for Child Development Series: Playtimes Information Resource***

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           The British Library has developed this wonderful information resource about children’s play, songs, and games. It is an amazing treasure chest of things I never knew and some I remember with nostalgia.  Parents and teachers will find it a great source of ideas. Treat the child in you to this fascinating site.

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“The Playtimes website presents material relating to the subject of children’s play and childhood…”

Source: Playtimes – The British Library

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LEGO® Therapy: How to Build Connections with Autism – One Brick at a Time – Autism Parenting Magazine

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***Autism and Education Series: Playing, Lego Therapy, and Autism***

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          Autism Parenting Magazine is a very helpful source of information and resources for parents of children on the autism spectrum. This post shares ideas of how to integrate the use of Legos–one of the great creative inventions of all time– for  working with these young people. It is a very useful introduction to research on and the use of Lego Therapy from an occupational therapy perspective.

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“Invented by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the family owned LEGO® Group was founded in 1932, much to the delight of millions of children and adults throughout the world. What we recognize as the modern day LEGO® brick was introduced in 19581.  LEGO® combines two Danish words. “leg godt,” which means play well1. The fundamental premise of LEGO® […]”

Source: LEGO® Therapy: How to Build Connections with Autism – One Brick at a Time – Autism Parenting Magazine

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Play at School | The Strong

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***Play Is Essential Series: Play and Schooling***

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          Every time I share a new essay or other information about the central importance of play in the lives of children, I sigh. When we are harming children daily through a ridiculous school structure and we know we are wrong but are unwilling to fix it, I begin to think we need to indict entire communities for child abuse before they will implement change. Today’s post is an important piece from the Strong Museum, sharing the work of the American Academy of Pediatrics of ten years ago. What will it take to make schools change?

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“Play at school is more than recess. It can be any activity, in the classroom or out, that fascinates the brain. When teachers use play in the curriculum and let children follow their own interests, learning happens. When learning is self-initiated and self-directed that way, it goes deeper and lasts longer. In The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds (2007), the American Academy of Pediatrics says:…”

Source: Play at School | The Strong

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Why Kids Need Real Play

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***Play Is Essential Series: Child Development & Play***

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          Play is essential for all human development. Our civilized world emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. The disappearance of free play in the lives of young people will have repercussions for generations to come. Today’s post takes an important look at why we must return real play to a major place in the lives of young people.

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“Why kids need messy, free, unstructured, REAL play time. And some tips for making it more manageable.”

Source: Why Kids Need Real Play

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Real Play for All Children!

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