Literature is a powerful and essential means for educating early learners. Even in a virtual age, it remains one of the most personal, meaningful ways to reach a child — whether they read a book alone or have one read to them by a parent, guardian, or educator.
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An ancient Chinese puzzle continues to reinforce its place in early childhood learning. While tangrams are remarkably easy to use, they exercise a broad range of core skils that include spatial relations, mathematics, creativity, and problem solving. There are even benefits in socialization.
Play-based learning benefits greatly from the role playing opportunities afforded by dolls. One segment that has gained attention is the emergence of multicultural dolls for children. As the world matures in its views on race, there will come a time when skin color is no longer the factor that it is today. For now, imagine yourself as a Latina daughter or an African-American boy today. When you look around for that special hero or heroine — one who looks as you do and who shares your experiences — who do you find? There isn’t quite the selection that you’d hope to find.
FAIRFAX, VA — Play-based learning is a concept that became more than less overlooked but is once again gaining traction in U.S. early childhood learning. Recent strides in Scandanavian countries — where shorter school days, more play, and greater results are commonplace — are drawing interest at home. Our model of introducing classroom structure to children at younger and younger ages has increasingly left parents (and even instructors) to wonder whether early childhood learning should be kept to what’s fun and rudimentary first.