Edit ModuleShow Tags

Play to Learn

A local expert's favorite early learning method



YouthFitnessGuy.com

(page 1 of 2)

 

 

 

 

“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.”

The speaker of this quote? No less an expert in all things kid-dom than Mr. Rogers, whose TV neighborhood was a bastion of the play to learn educational approach touted by local
educator and author Roberta Michnick Golinkoff.  

“Think about what you want your kids to be when they grow up,” Golinkoff urges. “You want them to be good communicators, to get along with others, to be social, to persevere, to create new things. All of these [attributes] start in the sandbox.”

What is play to learn?

Golinkoff, the H. Rodney Sharp Professor at the University of Delaware’s School of Education, has written nine books about early education with Temple University fellow and Infant Lab director Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn — And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less tackles the play to learn question head-on.

According to the pair, play-based learning (often called child-centric) has become overshadowed by academic “kill-and-drill” or teacher-directed methods because parents began to worry that their kids would not be competitive in school, college and eventually the job market if they weren’t as accomplished as their peers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

The Benefits of Service Learning

Discover the importance of service learning in education and how a local independent school excels at teaching its students to serve the community.

7 Ways to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety

Is your child anxious about going back to school? These tips can help!

Time-Management Tips By Age

Teach your kids time-management skills in age-appropriate ways.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags


MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Mommy Brain

Mommy Brain

What causes moms to be forgetful, and how can you get your brain back?

Comments

Book Review: Passing the Bone: America's Next Pup of the United States

Book Review: Passing the Bone: America's Next Pup of the United States

This adorable children's book explains the transition from one POTUS to another but with a twist — here POTUS refers to the first Pup of the United States.

Comments

More Fun Facts About the Presidents

More Fun Facts About the Presidents

Get the facts about some of the earliest presidential elections in U.S. history.

Comments

An Overview of PoliticalFest in Philly

An Overview of PoliticalFest in Philly

Kid blogger Sarah Hullihen provides an overview of what you can see at PoliticalFest.

Comments

Fun Facts About a Few Presidents

Fun Facts About a Few Presidents

Learn some fascinating trivia about three past presidents of the United States from kid blogger Sarah Hullihen.

Comments

Edit ModuleShow Tags


MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
The Day Nobody Believed I Was in Labor

The Day Nobody Believed I Was in Labor

What happens when a fourth-time mom thinks she's in labor but no one believes her?

Comments


MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Why You Should Join Your Kids on a Camp Field Trip

Why You Should Join Your Kids on a Camp Field Trip

Make priceless memories when you tag along with your kids on a camp field trip.

Comments


MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Healthy & Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Tips

Healthy & Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Tips

Make school even safer with healthy meal choices and toxin-free school supplies.

Comments

{/if}