Here are some great links this week to make you stop and think. Let’s all be the change we wish to see, advocate for our children, and keep the momentum I see happening in so many places at the grass-roots level in different states keep going. This is how change often happens in the United States. Be the change!
Do American parents have it backward? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-grossloh/have-american-parents-got-it-all-backwards_b_3202328.html
This article is a MUST-READ for all parents of small children. Children do need rhythm, repetition, time to be outside, time to play in an unstructured manner. They do not need lessons, or rigid adult-created games. The adult is there primarily to “un-stick” play and to guide, to provide help for the ideas the children create, to have the environment and the rhythm in place. Read more about the differences between what the differences between academic and play-based preschools bring here: http://www.janetlansbury.com/2012/06/dont-let-your-preschoolers-forget-how-to-play/
It is a dream, a wish for all children to have a play-based school or home experience (and in a farm or forest school setting would be wonderful too) until academics begin in the first grade. It is so important for these children to have positive social and emotional skills as teenagers and young adults, and the beginning is here in play-based programs.
In this vein, here is a study out of Germany about free play and its impact on now grown adults. Stop overscheduling your children is the main message here! http://www.psmag.com/navigation/books-and-culture/value-unstructured-play-time-kids-81177/
This is a beautiful post by Elizabeth Foss about the real work of life. I couldn’t agree with her more: http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/2014/06/the-work-at-home.html