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Martin Burrett

Children with autism thrive in mainstream pre-schools - 1 views

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    "In a world first, breakthrough research from La Trobe University has shown that toddlers with autism are just as capable of learning important life skills through early-intervention delivered in mainstream pre-schools as in specialised settings. Over a period of three years, 44 children aged between 15 and 32 months were randomly assigned to classrooms that included only children with autism or to classrooms with typically developing peers."
Steve Ransom

Outdoor Preschool - Norway - YouTube - 8 views

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    Wow... so much potential danger here. In America, we have successfully removed most all danger from any kind of learning. It's sanitized... and boring.
Roland Gesthuizen

Techno-toddlers: A is for Apple | Technology | The Guardian - 37 views

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    In the last chapter of her novel A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan imagines a dystopian near future in which toddlers in the year 2020 download music to their ubiquitous "kiddie handsets", which also feature "finger drawing, GPS systems for babies just learning to walk, PicMail". But if that's the future, it's already here.
Javier E

Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger... - 0 views

  • Suppose we gave a group of 4-year-olds exactly the same problems and only varied on whether we taught them directly or encouraged them to figure it out for themselves? Would they learn different things and develop different solutions? The two new studies in Cognition are the first to systematically show that they would.
  • Direct instruction really can limit young children's learning. Teaching is a very effective way to get children to learn something specific—this tube squeaks, say, or a squish then a press then a pull causes the music to play. But it also makes children less likely to discover unexpected information and to draw unexpected conclusions.
  • Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental. It's this kind of learning, in fact, that allows kids to learn from teachers in the first place.
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  • there is an intrinsic trade-off between that kind of learning and the more wide-ranging learning that is so natural for young children. Knowing this, it's more important than ever to give children's remarkable, spontaneous learning abilities free rein. That means a rich, stable, and safe world, with affectionate and supportive grown-ups, and lots of opportunities for exploration and play. Not school for babies.
Bill Selak

California Preschool Instructional Networks - 20 views

  • His presentation focused upon how social, emotional, and motivational skills are central to learning in early childhood and are foundations for school readiness.
Steve Ransom

Debate on playtime's value grows as more states fund preschool - washingtonpost.com - 5 views

  • Nevertheless, in kindergarten, children are playing for fewer than 30 minutes a day
  • Play advocates welcome the dollars but worry that politicians eager for tangible returns on taxpayers' investment in early education, and school officials eager for better test scores, will push for more direct instruction, an efficient way to get short-term gains in literacy and math.
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    Nevertheless, in kindergarten, children are playing for fewer than 30 minutes a day
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