The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

Article from Washington Post that thoroughly reflects our educational values in Nursery-Grade 8. Everyday, students from Rudolf Steiner School NYC play and explore in our back yard: Central Park. This is a critical component to how our students learn best. Below are two quotes from the article.

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“Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences, yet many preschools are transitioning from play-based learning to becoming more academic in nature.”

“As parents and teachers strive to provide increasingly organized learning experiences for children (as I had once done), the opportunities for free play – especially outdoors is becoming less of a priority. Ironically, it is through active free play outdoors where children start to build many of the foundational life skills they need in order to be successful for years to come.”

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/01/the-decline-of-play-in-preschoolers-and-the-rise-in-sensory-issues/?postshare=5921441286412973