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Are kindergarteners better off in the sandpit than at desks?

U.K. study recommends ‘play-based learning’ for primary students


 

Forget about traditional kindergarten. A recent review of primary education in England found that forcing young children to sit in desks all day may actually cause harm, and suggested that young children should be exposed to “play-based learning” instead. For some insight into what this means, BBC spends some time at a school where five-year-olds spend their days in interactive settings like the sandpit, learning without realizing they are being taught. Northfield Infants School in East Yorkshire is open plan, and kids are free to explore counting tables and number cards on their own.

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Are kindergarteners better off in the sandpit than at desks?

  1. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I absolutely agree. I found that children learned much better in a loosely structured curriculum that included numerous play areas, art centres, puzzle and game centres, music, movement and exposure to poetry, story and picture books as well as hands on math games. At this stage, play is a child's work.

  2. I don't see why this should stop at kindergarten. "Traditional" education has its place, but no one at any age effectively learns by sitting in a desk listening to someone lecture all day.

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