07 May 2015
A recent article in Psychology Today puts forth a startling question:
The author of the article, Peter Gray, comes to the following conclusion:
Early academic training somewhat increases children’s immediate scores on the specific tests that the training is aimed at (no surprise), but these initial gains wash out within 1 to 3 years and, at least in some studies, are eventually reversed. Perhaps more tragic than the lack of long-term academic advantage of early academic instruction is evidence that such instruction can produce long-term harm, especially in the realms of social and emotional development.
The full article, as well as references, can be found here.
At Kid Ventures, we are incredibly thankful for the teachers and educators that devote their time, education, and creativity to teaching our kids. We also appreciate the value of unstructured play and a safe place for kids to use their imaginations and develop physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally.
That’s why we are offering 11 unique weeks of summer camp for your family to choose from. Each camp theme is designed to engage all the senses with opportunities to develop gross motor skills, improve social interaction, and explore creative play—but don’t tell the kids—they just think it’s fun! Sign up for a summer camp, or if you want to get the most bang for your buck check out our summer membership package! If you sign up in May, you’ll get the rest of the month completely free.