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ERIC Number: EJ1074338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
The Importance of Free Play in the Early Childhood Classroom: Perspectives from a Teacher
Engel, Maria
Childhood Education, v91 n5 p323-324 2015
Teaching is hard. It's the most rewarding, fulfilling job in the world, but it's also frustrating, infuriating, and really, really hard. In this article, the author reflects on the importance of free play in early childhood classrooms. If teachers want to create happy children who love learning, forcing them to sit at desks or tables through early childhood is just not going to do it. They need to play, explore, use their gross and fine motor skills, and learn how to work with others. That balance between academic learning and learning through play is something that many teachers are constantly struggling to find--especially those who have to adhere to standards.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A