Play Today, College Tomorrow: how to prepare your pre-schooler for college
Abundant studies show the importance of early childhood education and its impact on college success. Are you providing the necessary education for your child to succeed later in life?
Today, more and more experts are reporting that children who learn through play are better equipped for college than those who learn through worksheets, drills, and flashcards - for instance, Want to get your kids into college? Let them play, an article in CNN and The Worksheet Dilemma: Benefits of Play-Based Curricula in Early Childhood News.
Although this may sound like a new idea, it’s not. Around a century ago, Maria Montessori discovered that children learned best through free exploration and hands-on activities. Although she termed this as the "work" of the child, when the general onlooker sees children working with puzzles and blocks of graduated sizes they would call it "play".
Is Montessori education successful? There certainly are some successful students.
Famous Montessori students include:
George Clooney, actor
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google
Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder
Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder
Will Wright, Sims designer
Katharine Graham, former Washington Post owner and editor
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former First Lady (John F. Kennedy)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner
Julia Child, celebrity chef and author
Joshua Bell, musician
Princes William and Harry, British royalty.
Montessori schools have also been the school of choice for well-known successful parents, such as former President Bill Clinton & Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and famous cellist Yo Yo Ma.
Are there other play-based education options? Of course – but Montessori does have a proven track record of a hundred years of experience, something that is hard to find elsewhere.