Red and Rover have been having a great time this week going to Mars–in ancardboard-box old cardboard box. This is exactly what they need to be doing in order to do well in school years later (can I say exactly again?).

Several news reports came out today about a report from The Alliance for Childhood entitled “Crisis in the Kindergarten” (read here).

The crisis? Young children are not provided with time to play–in a free, imaginative, unstructured way. And what’s the crisis? They aren’t learning what they need to learn, when they need to learn it, how they need to learn. Because they are not being allowed to play.

Play provides the what, the when, and the how for children. Dr. David Elkind provided some of the best research concerning this over 30 years ago in a very readable, very important book entitled Miseducation (and yes, we have it here at Southern Peaks).

An article in US News and World Reports takes the report further and gives ideas for parents. I believe we need to go even further, though, and insist that our children’s schools follow this research. Otherwise, there will be problems with learning, reading, and going to school later, usually around third grade.

As Red and Rover might say this week, “This ain’t rocket science.”