Let me tell you, I am incredibly nervous and my anxiety is in overdrive! For the first time in my adult life I will be standing face-to-face with a legislator stating the reasons why we need to do better for our youngest children. It is an issue that I am well versed in but I am afraid I will stumble over my words or forget the major points I want to make.
The foundation for learning in my last school was based on a hands-on, play-based approach where children had open ended time to explore. There were adult guided explorations and a flexible daily schedule. Children engaged in extended periods of play that was uninterrupted by an adult. During those years I noticed that children’s ability to engage in unstructured play, compared to their same aged peers, often related to the age they enrolled.