Advantages of a Play-Based Preschool

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Playing Towards Success The relentless human race to be the best, be the most successful, and be at the top is a never-ending whirlwind. Engraved in today’s society is the idea that every minute must be lived in a way that will bring us nowhere but up. Overcoming these societal norms that the higher up you are, the better you are, is of great difficulty. Similar standards have been created with developing children. Preschool has formed into an arms race for parents that want their kids to be constantly learning, in the belief that this method will best prepare their child for later success. The increase in learning-based preschools have taken away opportunities for children to be creative, and more importantly, imagine. The current trend in early education is one that puts a greater emphasis on classroom-like progress. However, play-based environments have been shown to have immense developmental benefits. Brain development is crucial for children between the ages of two and seven. The brain is forming vital neural paths that will later develop a child’s ability to function socially. At this time, “Children are able to learn at a rapid rate and want and need to learn new information. The brain at this age is like a sponge”(Elle, Rebekah. 26 July 2012). Children are simply born ready to learn. More specifically, learning in a way that will develop their sense of self and awareness. A child forms an immense relationship with themselves through creativity and exploration over these years. Their brains take on an influx of experience. “Children cultivate eighty five percent of their intellect, personality, and skills by age five”(Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Winter 2007). As a transparently large figure, the importance of brain development in early years will dictate behaviors down the road. Preschools that implement learning-only curriculums have
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