Here is another article, also urging play over kill-and-drill for preschoolers.
I am for hands-on, but I want to be clear that play is not aimless. I would not urge aimless, non education during school.
“Drill and kill” may be correctly labeled. Early childhood educators should be well aware of the importance of play. However, we might make a little balance or clarity by leaving room for directed play. Huh? Okay, what I mean is like in the Montessori Method, the children choose their work, but the environment is prepared. So the children have the delight of play, while they also tend to cover the “learning objectives” that educators might want. And similarly in “emergent curricula” sometimes we have a list of learning objectives promulgated for instance by the state government. So when it is raining, and the children make damns, we might see that as an opportunity to talk about hydoelectric damns. So we are NOT talking about “dry 2D boring stuff” nor are we talking about play as in “go amuse yourself on the tarmac.” Play doesn’t have to be aimless. In good preschools, we do have directed play.
Of course, there should be time for children to really play, really manage their own time, really occassionally be not directed. This is vital and so rare these days.
What they are saying….
How could this session be improved? No, this was perfect actually. Loved that it allowed for discussion.
“Knowledge of presenter is outstanding; makes it easy to sit through training.”
“Very helpful to use in my classroom.”
“I enjoyed Sharon’s enthusiasm, eagerness to connect with her audience and her down to earth personality that really brought forth new tactics in teaching, but also interesting insights to people skills in all! I will implement much of her lesson into my classroom as well as my home and personal life.”
“I love love loved the tidbits of the history of teaching you included…. I would love to dig deeper into how … education has changed and [talk about how to] “get back to basics.”
What did you like best about this seminar? She had an emphasis on Christ centered education. (This was in a church affiliated preschool.)
What did you like best?
- Where to find books [relating to] morals.
- Plenty of time for discussion was given.
- Explanation of the class which I could understand well.
- Learning how to incorporate values into our planning.
What I like to hear most, and often do: “We want to have you back. When can you come? “
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