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Uncluttered Kindergarten Decor Aids Learning

A new study finds that classrooms with fewer wall decorations helps young children focus. Children in a busily decorated classroom were more distracted and more likely to wander off task. Read the full article in the New York Times: Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom

U.S. School Children Need Less Work, More Play

Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reported students behaved better with a 15-minute break.

Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd edition - Chapter 4, Movement and Learning

This book chapter explains the mind-body link, how exercise affects cognition and the importance of play, recess and physical education.

TEDx Talk on Waldorf Education

How can we prepare our children for a world we can’t envision? Jack Petrash makes the case that the best way to do that is to educate our children to develop three essential capacities: a capacity for vibrant and vigorous activity, a capacity for a sensitive and yet resilient emotional life, and a capacity for clear, focused, original, thinking.

Home Computers and Student Achievement

Duke University researchers found that excessive screen media has a negative impact on growing children.

New York Times - The 3 R's? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess

Several research studies indicate that elementary and younger children had better attention spans, academic success and behavior if they were given opportunities for daily physical activity and outside recess. February 23, 2009.

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