Serious Need for Play

“Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional, and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter, and less stressed.” This bold statement comes not from the latest issue of Young Children, or a keynoter at the annual meeting of the Chicago Metro AEYC, but from the Scientific American…

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Biosocial Development

Body Growth in Early Childhood Changes in Body Size and Proportions:  2 to 3 inches in height and about five pounds in weight are added each year.  Children gradually become thinner with girls retaining somewhat more body fat.  Posture and balance improve, resulting in gains in motor coordination. By the…

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Taking Back Childhood

In her new book, Taking Back Childhood, Exchange author Nancy Carlsson-Paige writes that childhood culture has changed dramatically in just one generation.  Social trends – screen time, commercialism, sped-up daily life, violence and sexualization, academic pressures – are changing how children experience their early years. 

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