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From the Experts
Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm
A number of well-controlled studies have compared the effects of academically oriented early education classrooms with those of play-based classrooms. The results are quite consistent from study to study: Early academic training somewhat increases children’s immediate scores on the specific tests that the training is aimed at (no surprise), but these initial gains wash out within 1 to 3 years and, at least in some studies, are eventually reversed.
Recent Studies Featured in Psychology Today
Puppet Imitation
Kids love this “Simon-Says” activity scaled down to puppet size. Dramatic arts activity good for assessment and gross motor skills.
Tub of Water
Water play, while perfect for summer, can also be done indoors with proper preparation. Ideal for young children and language and concept development.
Life Size Self Portraits
Simple project that yields revealing results, great if done at beginning and end of year. Self-image project.
Sink or Float
A science demonstration which is safe and allows kids to be involved. Test different objects to see if the sink or float in water.