Top Stay-At-Home Mom Blogger Nomination!! Please Vote for Us!

I received an unexpected email today informing me that I had been nominated as a Top Stay-at-Home Mom Blogger after being personally selected by a panel of judges over at VoiceBoks.com!  This comes as a complete and utter surprise and I am so very grateful to be presented with such a nomination!

I have so thoroughly enjoyed sharing my thoughts, ideas and research findings with you all that this feels more like play than work for me!  Blogging has given me a new outlet for my incessant need to teach, since I decided to stay at home with my daughter, and I hope to continue along on this journey to the best of my ability.

How you can be a part of our journey!

If you have enjoyed reading our posts, please vote for us once a day between July 21-August 21!  You can VOTE DAILY, so click the badge at the top of this post or click here, scroll to Developing the Whole Child (in the number 8 position) and click the little heart in the top right corner!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support!

If at the end of this period, I am declared the winner of my category, I have a chance to go up against bloggers from all categories for blogger of the year!  But, I don’t want to get ahead of my self!  The nomination in itself is a huge, huge honour!!

I have also been nominated for a Liebster Award twice this year and I couldn’t be more excited!

Long Term Benefits of a Play-Based Early Childhood

“Research shows that children who engage in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have greater language skills than nonplayers, better social skills, more empathy, more imagination, and more of the subtle capacity to know what others mean. They are less aggressive and show more self-control and higher levels of thinking.

Long-term research casts doubt on the assumption that starting earlier on the teaching of phonics and other discrete skills leads to better results. For example, most of the play-based kindergartens in Germany were changed into centers for cognitive achievement during a wave of educational “reform” in the 1970s. But research comparing 50 play-based classes with 50 early-learning centers found that by age ten the children who had played in kindergarten excelled over the others in a host of ways. They were more advanced in reading and mathematics and they were better adjusted socially and emotionally in school. They excelled in creativity and intelligence, oral expression, and “industry.” As a result of this study German kindergartens returned to being play-based again. Continue reading