Romp n’ Roll Continues Celebrating with Work Together Wednesday!

Romp n' Roll kids work together!This week Romp n’ Roll is celebrating the Week of the Young Child which is a national, an annual celebration hosted by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Today is Work Together Wednesday! Helen Keller is credited for saying “Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.” What a great lesson to learn as a child and teamwork is an ongoing skill set that is even more important to remember as an adult! Romp n' Roll kids work together Read more

Learn a Lot vs. Have Fun

I remember when I was a kid, each day as I would be leaving for school, my father would say, “Learn a lot.”  Meanwhile, my mother, who was a teacher, would send me off by saying, “Have fun.”  While these instructions may seem contradictory, they actually are totally in sync with one another.
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Play 60

If you watched the Super Bowl or have been following the National Football League on television for the last few years, you are aware of Play 60.  This is the NFL’s public service campaign focused on increasing the wellness of children by encouraging them to engage in active play for at least 60 minutes every day. Read more

Grand Games

While playing games is fun for young children, it is important to realize how educational these activities are.  From the object permanence (recognizing that things continue to exist even when out of sight) picked up while playing peek-a-boo to the sophisticated strategic thinking developed when playing Monopoly, little ones are expanding and perfecting all sorts of physical, cognitive, and social capacities as they simultaneously are learning many significant concepts and principles. Read more

Ordinality and Cardinality

How many times have you seen a parent proudly proclaiming that his child can count to 10, 20, or even more and then prodding the child to demonstrate her mathematical prowess?  Well, don’t be too impressed.  Any child can be trained to recite a series of numbers.  But all children need to have a variety of experiences before they can understand what the numbers mean. Read more

First Things First

A little girl comes home from her first day of school and exuberantly declares, “Mommy!  Mommy!  I learned to write today!”

Beaming with pride, her mother asks, “What did you write?”

The little girl frowns and responds, “How should I know.  I haven’t learned to read yet.”

I love that one because it underscores the adage that “earlier is not necessarily better.”  These days, so many young children are enrolled in programs that push them to start reading, writing, and doing arithmetic as soon as possible.  And while this may lead to some apparently impressive performances, as any expert in child development will tell you, it is ultimately counterproductive to the children’s educational progress.

While children in a play-based program may seem to be “falling behind” in those academic skills, it is critical to understand that what they are doing is building the essential foundations that will eventually support those skills.  They are collecting a wealth of experiences that will allow them to relate those skills to real things, making it infinitely easier to comprehend the elements and applications, and making the learning process considerably more effective and enjoyable.