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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.

Teacher Magazine - "The Waldorf Way"

An article by David Ruenzel featuring Pine Hill's teacher, Arthur Auer. It is an extensive and lively account of how Waldorf education works, and what makes Pine Hill unique among Waldorf schools. October, 1995 (Vol. 7 No. 2). Reprints are available from the Pine Hill office.

Harvard Education Letter - Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has

A national study conducted by the Gessell Institute for Human Development, named after Arnold Gesell who is known world-wide for his popular parenting series, questions recent thoughts about kindergarten students benefitting from a structured academic program. September/October, 2010 (Vol 26, No. 5).

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.

Christian Science Monitor- Why Children Need to Learn to Play

David Elkind, Tufts University professor and well-known author, talks about his newest book, "The Power of Play," and why it is dangerous that the "concept of 'unstructured, self-initiated play' is vanishing from our culture."   July 18, 2007

The Serious Need for Play

Waldorf early childhood programs are centered on the premise that young children learn best through play, and in the January 28, 2009 issue of Scientific American, free, unstructured, imaginative play is shown to be vital in the early lives of children. In "A Serious Need for Play" the author describes how and why: