My husband called me from his car during Christmas vacation to say “Turn on WBUR, there’s something that reminds me of your school.” Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus from Lesley University, was speaking on how legislation for early childhood education ignores the research on how young children learn. Basing school funding on test results causes educators to teach in ways that are not developmentally appropriate — they are teaching for the tests and taking away time from play, which is how children learn best. Carlsson-Paige says:
- “Play is the primary engine of human growth; it’s universal — as much as walking and talking. Play is the way children build ideas and how they make sense of their experience and feel safe. Just look at all the math concepts at work in the intricate buildings of kindergartners. Or watch a 4-year-old put on a cape and pretend to be a superhero after witnessing some scary event.”
This is what we are all about at Amazing Grace Kids — play-based learning where children formulate ideas from within. Teachers are intentional about setting up classrooms and providing experiences for children that encourage hands-on problem-solving and experimentation. Play-based education forms the foundation for life-long learning and encourages curiosity, creativity, problem-solving, and self-regulation. Play is the child’s work.
To learn more go to WBUR – Nancy Carlsson-Paige Nancy’s book Taking Back Childhood: a Proven Road Map for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids is also available to you in our parent library.