For Your Binder

The State of Early Childhood Three Things That Have Changed Since I Became an Early Childhood Consultant
2018

Rae shares with us the three things she's been hearing all across the country in regard to children and their development. Sadly, they probably won't surprise you.  #play #DAP #movement 

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How Gender Disparities Affect Classroom Learning
2020

If this is a new area of investigation for you, this is a good starting spot! #gender #teaching #learning #equity

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Play Based Learning
2018

A resource from a college in Canada, this document provides a nice overview of play based learning, how to talk about it and facilitate it.  #play #teaching #learning

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A Path Made in the Walking
2021

How might forest schools differ from location to location? This report looks at forest schools in Norway and England. #play #nature #outside #forestschools #teaching #learning 

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The school where kids can build dens
2012

The author states that his guide on the visit said the den building was not an adult idea: it originated from children’s spontaneous activity. #dens #forts #play #outside #teaching 

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Meet Peter Gray

Here is a link to all of the amazing articles that Peter Gray puts out in support of free play and in doing what is best for children. I have put direct links to a few of them here in the resources section, but this is a link to ALL of them!  Down down down the rabbit hole you go!!  #play #teaching #learning  

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Sensory-Motor Reading Readiness for School
2012

Dr. Johnson has seen children diagnosed with AD/HD or learning disabilities “miraculously” improve when they are taken out of “academic” kindergartens or given an extra year in a developmental kindergarten that emphasizes movement, play, and the integration of their sensory-motor systems.  #DAP #play #teaching #learning #movement #reading #writing

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Einstein May Never Have Used Flashcards, But He Probably Built Forts: Bringing play back into the lives of children
2007

Can you just see it? A young Einstein, wild hair flying, throwing his mother’s quilt over a couple of chairs and crawling underneath!?!?!  #nature #play #forts #dens #looseparts #outside

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Using Mixed-Age Groups to Support Continuity of Care in Center-Based Programs
2021

Mixed-age groupings create a frame for deepening relationships for staff with children and their families.  #mixedages #DAP #teaching #learning

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Best Play: What play provision should do for children
2000

This is a valuable collaborative resource created by The National Playing Fields Association, PLAYLINK, The Children's Play Council, Play Wales, Play Scotland, Sutcliffe Play & Playboard Northern Ireland.  At it's core is a shared belief that children need to play and as such, need environments that are suitable for them to do so.  #play #playwork #learning #teaching #outside

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Play Under Pressure: Surveying parents about children and the state of play
2016

Highlights! Key findings! How to take action!  #play #DAP #parenting

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Hugs, Not Drugs

This is a bit lengthy and quite dated.  Of Note: there is no publication date provided, but it references stats from the 1990s so while I wouldn't advise quoting the numbers, the general overarching premise is timely: the wildest colts make the best horses.  Are we medicating to truly assist? Or to increase compliance within a broken system?  #teaching #learning #DAP #movement

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