Early Childhood (and Common Core)

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While American youngsters learn how to read, kindergarten students in Finland play.

The joyful, illiterate kindergartners of Finland. While American youngsters learn how to read, kindergarten students in Finland play.

Let the Kids Learn Through Play - NYTimes.com

Let the Kids Learn Through Play

Children’s progress “may have been slowed by overly academic preschool experiences that introduced formalized learning experiences too early for most children’s developmental status,” Dr.

Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning  less.  New research sounds a particularly disquieting note. A major evaluation of Tennessee’s publicly funded preschool system, published in September, found that although children who had attended preschool initially exhibited more “school readiness” skills when they entered kindergarten than did their non-preschool-attending peers, by the time they were in first grade their attitudes toward school were deteriorating.

How the New Preschool Is Crushing Kids

The New Preschool is Crushing Kids: Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less. By ERIKA CHRISTAKIS

There's more to learn at school than reading and math. Teaching kids to control their emotions, solve problems and work well with others can help them succeed as teens and adults.

Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later

Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later There's more to learn at school than reading and math. Teaching kids to control their emotions, solve problems and work well with others can help them succeed as teens and adults.

Early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige: 'Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that we would have to defend children’s right to play."

How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert --- Early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige: 'Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that we would have to defend children’s right to play.

Is the Common Core killing kindergarten? - Ideas - The Boston Globe

Is the Common Core killing kindergarten?

Is the Common Core killing kindergarten? The standards movement has trickled all the way down. By Chris Berdik Fighting to save cursive from the Common Core Executive function not a panacea for education ills

Our kids don’t need to be taught in order to learn.

What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages

Pediatric Therapy Corner: What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages - pinned by – Please Visit for all our pediatric therapy pins

Increasing ADHD Rates May Be Linked to Heightened Academic Expectations for Young Children | Miller School of Medicine | University of Miami

What effects do you see in your programs when we raise the academic expectations? Increasing ADHD Rates May Be Linked to Heightened Academic Expectations for Young Children

May 2015

The dangers on 'crying it out' Great article in psychology today on why responsive parenting is important. With a lot of links at the end and studies cited in the article itself.

Teacher who taught at no-excuses charter school: 'Maybe letting small children linger in childhood would endow them with more of the real skills necessary to 'stay focused on achieving excellence.'

Why forcing kids to do things ‘sooner and faster’ doesn’t get them further in school

from The Washington Post . Teacher who taught at no-excuses charter school: 'Maybe letting small children linger in childhood would endow them with more of the real skills necessary to 'stay focused on achieving excellence.

Foundations before rigor?

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College readiness declines when school's focus is improving test scores, study finds -- ScienceDaily

Half hour of physical activity 6 days a week linked to 40 percent lower risk of early death -- ScienceDaily

Researchers compared the experiences of kindergarten teachers in 1998 and 2010, and found dramatic differences in their expectations for students and how they structured their classrooms.

Researchers compared the experiences of kindergarten teachers in 1998 and and found dramatic differences in their expectations for students and how they structured their classrooms.

As kindergarten becomes the new first grade, some worry that the joy of learning is being lost with higher rigor.

More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

Less art and play; more textbooks and tests, say surveyed teachers. How kindergarten is the new grade

6-reasons-to-reject-the-common-core-state-standards-for-k-grade-3

6 Reasons to Reject Common Core State Standards for K – Grade 3 and 6 Principles to Guide Policy With the spring testing season heavily upon us, DEY has a new document which we believe will help te.

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