Preschool Offers Growth Through Play-Based Learning

Maren Petersen-DeGroff, Children's Program coordinator at Parenting Now!, writes how a few hours a week in an intentionally prepared environment with age-based peers can help build the skills that children need to be successful.

Petersen-DeGroff shares that most experts agree upon is that preschoolers learn best when they get plenty of unstructured play time.

Petersen-DeGroff also points out the type of play that is best for toddlers and preschoolers. According to Petersen-DeGroff, "guided, open-ended play, with well-trained adults, shows children how to work toward a shared goal, become sensitive to the needs of others, and communicate their needs and ideas."

Petersen-DeGroff advises that toddlers aren't ready for direct teaching of literacy, math and other knowledge content, but play-based learning materials help children make meaningful connections and understandings of their world. She adds that memory is strengthened through repeated experiences. Read the Entire Article


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Online Course -Voices of Social Change
Foundation: International Youth Foundation

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Every Adult Can Build Youth Resilience and Help Students Thrive
Foundation: Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the Tacoma Whole Child Partnership, and Tacoma Public Schools address how school employees who work in a capacity often referred to as support staff can also...more

Community-Based Learning Gets Official Designation

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus will have a new letter designation coming in the fall about what courses are community-based and what they entail. According to Kate Ksobiech, an...more

Valdry Center Offers Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships to Students

Valdry Center offers social entrepreneurship fellowships to a cohort of four social entrepreneurs. Over a 24-month period, fellows will live on campus, attend Valdry Center seminars, take courses,...more

Preschool Offers Growth Through Play-Based Learning

Maren Petersen-DeGroff, Children's Program coordinator at Parenting Now!, writes how a few hours a week in an intentionally prepared environment with age-based peers can help build the skills that...more

Social Entrepreneurship Is Bringing Purpose To Higher Education

A post written by Robin Pendoley, co-founder and CEO of Thinking Beyond Borders, tackles how higher education in the U.S. is facing a crisis where students, parents, and employers are all expressing...more

Why Upskilling Is Important For Society

PwC recently released a short documentary featuring business leaders, academics, NGOs, and policymakers why upskilling has become a priority for society, organizations, and governments. The...more

Innovative Thinking in Native American Arts with the School for Advanced Research

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is a non-profit organization in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SAR focuses on furthering creativity and innovative thinking in Native American arts and the social...more

We Need STEAM to Prepare Our Kids For The 4th Industrial Revolution

Bernard Marr, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist, tackles the growing popularity of STEAM as it adds "Art" to the mix. Marr points out that proponents of STEAM education recognize...more

New Tools for Improving Attendance in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

The U.S. Department of Education's Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to provide support of their initiative called...more






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