In March of this year I posted a TED Talk by Peter Gray entitled The Decline of Play. Then in July I posted this story about a school in Australia that "ditches the rules" for the playground and how it reduced bullying.
Today I saw an article in the Atlantic entitled The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland- Forget the Common Core, Finland's youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom, which I greatly enjoyed. This is a lesson Americans certainly should take to heart.
The article on kindergarten in Finland contained links to some excellent articles and research reports which I would like to share with you.
Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? - a working paper by EdPolicy Works at the University of Virginia
The Power of Play - a Research Summary on Play and Learning_ by Dr. Rachel E. White for the Minnesto Children's Museum
The Importance of Play, by Bruno Bettelheim
Also, please see this excellent video about the damage the CCSS are causing in early childhood and early elementary education.