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Balancing Math Skills and Play in Kindergarten

Balancing Math Skills and Play in Kindergarten

| January 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

Flickr:Woodleywonderworks By Eleanor Yang Su It’s one of the biggest debates going on among early childhood development experts: Is it more important for kindergartners to focus on academics and learn their ABC’s and numbers? Or spend more time on social and emotional issues, like how to play nice and pay attention? Recent research by a UC […]

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The Power of Play in Learning

The Power of Play in Learning

| January 4, 2012 | 6 Comments

Flickr: Ernst Vikne By Aran Levasseur The goal of the videogame “Civilization” is to build a civilization that stands the test of time. You start the game in 4000 B.C. as a settler and, with successful gameplay, can create a civilization that lasts until the Space Age. Throughout the game, you need to manage your […]

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Has Technology Changed the Way Children Play?

Has Technology Changed the Way Children Play?

| September 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

TB Last spring, there was a minor outcry when the Auburn School District in Maine announced that it would be piloting a one-to-one iPad program with its kindergarteners. Part of the uproar involved the cost of the program — some $200,000. But much of it involved the notion that somehow young children should not be […]

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Teaching Kids the Rules of the Game

Teaching Kids the Rules of the Game

| May 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

Flickr:Gitsul Back when Jill Vialet was a kid, she used to play with her neighborhood friends for hours at a time, unsupervised. It seemed unstructured, because no adults had established any parameters. But in fact, all their games had rules. “We knew how to pick teams, resolve conflicts, there were spoken and unspoken rules,” she […]

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