Waldorf Early Childhood — Why Play Is So Important

Imaginative play is an essential foundation for future health and success in school and beyond.  Listed below are links to some of the current education research that corroborates what Waldorf Educators have known for almost a century. — Kelly Hiselman, CAWS Admissions Director Want to get your kids into college? Let them play. By Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis, Special to CNN, December 29, 2010 7:57 a.m. EST Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum January 5, 2011 New York Times article by Hilary Stout Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control? New York Times Sunday Magazine (Sept 2009) article by Paul Tough Kindergarten Cram. New York Times Sunday Magazine (April 2009) essay by Peggy Orenstein Crisis in the Kindergarten: A New Report on the Disappearance of Play (March 2009) Alliance for Childhood, a non-profit research & advocacy organization The 3 R’s? A Fourth is Crucial Too: Recess, New York Times Health Section (Feb 2009) article by Tara Parker-Pope The Serious Need for Play, Scientific American (Feb 2009) article by Melinda Wenner U.S. School Children Need Less Work More Play, Michael Conlon reports on a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Jan 2009) Pressure Cooker Kindergarten, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine (Aug 2008) Article by Patty Hartigan  ...