Essay on Play Based Vs Academic Classroom

1683 Words Nov 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Play Based Vs Academic in the Preschool Classroom The days of preschool classrooms that only allow children to play are becoming a thing of the past. For the most part, this is a positive change for young children as teachers are incorporating curriculum and state early learning standards. There is a negative side also, the loss of play in some preschools. Many of our young children are attending some form of early education. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that “53% of 3 year olds, 66% of 4-year-olds, and 85% of 5 year-olds are enrolled in pre-primary education (2016, p. 70). Now more than ever, children are expected to know more and more to be considered kindergarten ready. The No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 and the Common Core Standards in 2012 have put pressure on preschool programs to look more like an elementary classroom which includes less play and more academics. This poses a problem for preschool teachers as they feel this pressure. High quality early childhood teachers understand how to link play and academics together to foster learning. Young children learn best through play and hands on learning. However, some preschool settings have taken this shift too extreme. Sadly, they have taken out some of the hands on learning and play and replaced it with too many teacher-directed activities. Unfortunately, this also holds true in many kindergarten classrooms as well. Preschool teachers need to be familiar with the Common Core…

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