Tag: play based learning

Learning Through Play: Another Visit to Cherry Preschool

I walked into a classroom at Cherry Preschool in Evanston, Illinois to check out the recent activities and get my fix of watching preschoolers doing what they do best – learning through play. A brief disclaimer: This is the school I founded and directed until my retirement, so it is definitely my happy place. The... Read more »

Play Must Follow Kids from Preschool to Kindergarten

Many years ago, the teachers of Cherry Preschool in Evanston, Illinois, tried an experiment during the dregs of winter when the children were cooped up in the gym day after day. They removed all of the gym equipment and replaced it with large boxes, fabric, duct tape, and markers. And the kids went to town building... Read more »

Ten #What ifs for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education and linchpin of the education reform craze, recently tweeted, “What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?” Apparently, he received lots of tweets in response, mostly from folks who are not too crazy about the... Read more »
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Fun and Play are Good for Kindergarten – What a Surprise

The headline in today’s Chicago Tribune reads “Fun plays a part in learning, study says” in the print edition and “Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades” online. Who knew? Well, I did, along with pretty much anyone who has taught preschool or kindergarten. Dare I say, even first and second grade teachers know... Read more »

What Do You Believe In? Ask The Little Preschool That Could

The seeds of what Cherry Preschool of Evanston, Illinois, believes in were present from the start. From the date of its incorporation in January of 1992 to its birth nine months later when it opened in September, the founders of “The Little Preschool That Could” asked themselves, “What do we believe in?” Our list included... Read more »