“The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues” by Valerie Strauss

Just in time for the back-to-school season, Valerie Strauss, who runs the Answer Sheet blog at The Washington Post, shared a post by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, where she makes yet another strong case for a play-based preschool curriculum.

In fact, it is before the age of 7 years — ages traditionally known as “pre-academic” — when children desperately need to have a multitude of whole-body sensory experiences on a daily basis in order to develop strong bodies and minds. This is best done outside where the senses are fully ignited and young bodies are challenged by the uneven and unpredictable, ever-changing terrain.

Yay for play!

For the full article, click here.

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