Kindergartners Aren’t Getting Nearly Enough Play Time — Here’s Why It Matters
“Decoding word drills, practicing sight words, reading to yourself and then to a buddy, counting up to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s, practicing simple addition, counting money, completing science activities, and writing in journals.” This is the average day of a kindergartner, according to Christopher Brown, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
There has been a drastic shift in education for young learners. According to Brown, academics have replaced play time, and, accordingly to what students are learning, kindergarten appears to have two primary goals. First, kindergarten teaches children to follow rules. Second, kindergarten is designed for children to learn as much as possible for the sake of getting to the next grade and eventually to find a job. In an effort to set our children up for future success, we are forgetting the most important thing.
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