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Education Cheat Sheet: The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education
Released: June 19, 2017


Editor’s Note: I may have trouble remembering what I ate for lunch (some times), or what floor of the parking garage my car is on (daily). But my recollections of my childhood are crystal clear. That is, I remember very clearly a life of playtime. After homework was done, we ran around with the neighborhood kids, bought ice cakes from the house down the street for a quarter, and bicycled, roller skated and jump roped until the sun started going down.

Kids today, however, have less playtime than when I was younger. According to the University of Michigan, in 2003, kids between the ages of 6 and 12 spent about 9 hours and 56 minutes playing every week. That’s a decline of 31 percent from 1981.  The amount of time spent studying and reading has increased. It may sound like a good thing, but it may not be the healthiest shift, especially for young kids. Kelly Brewer of Haleakalā Waldorf School explains.

Education Cheat Sheet: Individualized Learning
Released: May 15, 2017
Education Cheat Sheet: Workplace Learning
Released: April 17, 2017
Education Cheat Sheet: The Question of Homework
Released: March 20, 2017 
Education Cheat Sheet: Project-Based Learning 
Released: February 21, 2017
Education Cheat Sheet: STEM vs. STEAM 
Released: January 30, 2017