Contemporary research reflects what we've always known at Apple Playschools. Play is the essential vehicle of learning for young children. Time spent in nature has long-lasting emotional, physical and cognitive benefits for children as well.
Below are some resources that will give you insight into the research and philosophy that supports our work with children. You are also always welcome to talk with our Program Directors about the most current Orientation Guide and request access to materials that you might find useful.
White, Rachel Dr., "The Power of Play", Minnesota Children's Museum
Bongiorno, Laurel, "How to Process Art Experiences with Preschoolers", Teaching Young Children Vol.7 No. 3
Tian, Stan, "Children Learn through Play: How to Stimulate the Learning Process of Your Child", Health Guide Website
Classroom Without Walls
Children and Nature Network
The Dirt on Dirt
Commercialism in Children's Lives
Why Empathy Holds the Key to 21st Century Learning
How to Raise Kinder, Less Entitled Kids
ON IDENTITY & ANTI-BIAS:
Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute To Be Scared?
Vittrup, Brigette, "How Silence Can Breed Prejudice", Washington Post
Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books, Teaching for Change