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Preschool (3-6 years)

All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten ...

by Robert Fulghum

 

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Live a balanced life -- learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon. 

 

Nowhere in there arrowis anything about reading books, typing on computers or learning math equations.


Arguing against teaching reading in preschool

by Susan R. Johnson MD

I can understand the need to have a reliable, safe, and loving environment for preschool children outside of the home, but I have great concerns about teaching preschool as well as kindergarten children to read and write. Developmentally and neurologically it doesn't make sense.

There is a developmental progression of sensory-motor skills that a young child needs to master in the first 7 years of life. Despite what we think, learning is not "all from our head". It is the movements of our body inutero, through infancy and childhood, and even adulthood that form the pathways in our mind that we later use to read, write, and think in an imaginative and creative way.readmore logo

Skills-based vs. Play-based

by Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis, masters of Pforzheimer House at Harvard, Special to CNN

"Every day where we work, we see our young students struggling with the transition from home to school. They're all wonderful kids, but some can't share easily or listen in a group.

Some have impulse control problems and have trouble keeping their hands to themselves; others don't always see that actions have consequences; a few suffer terribly from separation anxiety.

We're not talking about preschool children. These are Harvard undergraduate students whom we teach and advise. They all know how to work, but some of them haven't learned how to play.

Parents, educators, psychologists, neuroscientists, and politicians generally fall into one of two camps when it comes to preparing very young children for school: play-based or skills-based.

These two kinds of curricula are often pitted against one another as a zero-sum game: If you want to protect your daughter's childhood, so the argument goes, choose a play-based program; but if you want her to get into Harvard, you'd better make sure you're brushing up on the ABC flashcards every night before bed." go to CNN


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