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In the Quest for School-Readiness, Has the Fun Gone from Preschool?

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 15, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Peter Barnes

Importance_of_being_little.jpgWhat can you remember about your preschool, kindergarten or early school years?

Possibly not a lot, but whatever you do remember probably bears little resemblance to the preschools and kindergarten of today.

There has been a trend for preschools to become more structured, and to offer more formalised learning programs, leaving less time for unstructured play and simple fun.

Many parents and teachers will argue that this is a good thing. That it improves their child’s “school readiness” which leads to better learning outcomes in primary and later in secondary school. That it is necessary to give children the best opportunity in today's hypercompetitive world.

A new book by Yale University Professor Erika Christakis argues that the trend to push academic goals down to preschool is actually not good for children.

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Topics: Social Skills, School

iPads are Good for Early Learning: Numbers, Language & Self-Regulation

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 28, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Peter Barnes

iPads can be useful learning tools for younger children – aged 2 to 6. This is the conclusion of a study, iPlay, iLearn, iGrow,  just published by Dr Nicola Yelland, Professor of Education at Victoria University in Melbourne.

Professor Yelland’s study looked at 61 apps suitable for children aged 2 to 6 years.  She and her research team assessed the Apps in 4 categories:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Creative
  • Skills
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Topics: eLearning, Learning Enhancement, Social Skills

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