Too much play?
Apple Tree School is one of a few preschools in Sugar Land, Texas that provides a play based developmental program for young children. Each program provides age appropriate preschool play centers to foster learning and discovery.
Parents often want to know why play is so important and wonder if their child needs to be in a more structured, academic setting.
Over the years there have been several studies that followed the development and measured the success of children coming from different types of early childhood programs.
These studies have compared academic and social skills as well as behavior as the children grew, sometimes tracking development until young adulthood.
Please review the articles below to understand the importance of play in early childhood education.
The Play Debate...
Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School by Edward Miller and Joan Almon
Choosing a Preschool: The Academics-Versus-Play Debate by Rae Pica
Should preschools teach all work and no play? by Victoria Clayton
(excerpt from Barbara Pytel's article)
Research shows that there is a difference in adults that attended a play format preschool.
More Resources on Early Childhood Development...
- By age 23 people who attended play-based preschools were eight times less likely to need treatment for emotional disturbances
- Graduates of play-based preschools were three times less likely to be arrested for committing a felony
- Fantasy play, in which students plan the roles they’re going to fill, have a measurable effect on children’s ability to control their impulses. That skill is more closely correlated to academic success in kindergarten than intelligence is
Alliance for Childhood
Additional articles and resources at Community Play Things
Play = Learning : Benefits of Play
Learning Through Play, David Elkind, PHD
Rae's Articles by Rae Pica