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The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

In our ever more competitive society, both parents and teachers push young children to do more academic and organized learning at an earlier and earlier age.

Even though research continually shows that it is through active free play (especially outdoor play) that young children learn best, adults don’t seem to be listening.

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“Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences, yet many preschools are transitioning from play-based learning to becoming more academic in nature. A preschool teacher recently wrote to me: “I have preschoolers and even I feel pressure to push them at this young age. On top of that, teachers have so much pressure to document and justify what they do and why they do it, the relaxed playful environment is compromised. We continue to do the best we can for the kid’s sake, while trying to fit into the ever-growing restraints we must work within.”

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