Play-Based Learning Is The Key To Long Term Success

The debate has been going on for a long time - do kids need to start to be instructed at earlier ages to close the gap between disadvantaged and more privileged children? Will kids not be able to learn enough to be ready for the 21st century? These questions are a hot topic in education, schools, governments and parent groups.

Play Based Learning With Ben And Bella English"Ben & Bella"
engages kids in a playful and fun way so that learning is not the key issue but being immersed or playing games that are actually interesting and engaging for the child. We developed our games, stories and programmes according to the newest research and ideas about immersive and natural learning. Children "learn" English in the same way as they learn their mother tongue - by hearing, mimicking and playing with words and sounds.The latest research suggests that early academic instruction does not provide long-term success but it might be actually the other way around. Children learn through play and play-based learning seems the way to go. Very early academic instruction might actually confuse kids and make them want to learn even less: Read more here in the NY Times.

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Get Them While They're Young! Top 10 Reasons For Early Education

Looking at Early Childhood Education from an economic point of view can be very interesting: brain science tells us that supporting children when they are very young is a lot more cost-efficient than waiting until they are school-aged. This is the conclusion of a recently published report from the Bridespan Group and the Pritzker Children's Initiative.

1. Ninety percent of physical brain development occurs in the first three years of life, when a baby forms 700 new neural connections per second.These are the 10 of the most important findings of the report:

2. When a young child enters kindergarten ready for school, there is an 82 percent chance that child will master basic skills by age 11, compared with a 45 percent chance for children who are not school ready.

3. Later in life, at-risk children who do not get high-quality early childhood experiences are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 40 percent more likely to become teen parents, and 60 percent less likely to attend college.

4. Comprehensive early interventions that combine health, nutrition, and learning have the potential to reduce risk factors associated with chronic diseases, such as hypertension and high blood sugar, well into adulthood.

5. Investment in high-quality early childhood programs for at-risk children from birth to age five delivers a 7–10 percent [annual] return on investment through better education, health, social and economic outcomes, increased productivity, and the reduced need for social spending.

6. Lifetime earnings gains from increased enrollment in early childhood education would outweigh the costs of these programs (the estimated gain in lifetime income per participant is $9,166 to $30,851 after subtracting the cost of the programs).

7. Combined annual per capita public spending at the state and federal level on education for six- to eighteen-year-olds is nearly four times as high as spending on children from birth to five.

8. The United States ranks 31st in a group of 32 developed nations in the percentage of public education dollars allocated to early childhood.

9. Evidence-based home visitation programs reached only 115,000 children in 2014, an estimated 2.5 percent of the need.

10. Over the 2011–12 school year, the proportion of children in three- and four-star [child-care and education] centers with age-appropriate skills increased from 33 percent to nearly 66 percent."

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How Can Kids Learn How to Learn?

As parents we constantly worry about our children - will they learn enough at school to succeed later in life to have a good career or chose a profession that will give them satisfaction and enough money? Do they make friends easily? How much freedom do we need to give them, do we want to give them? How much or how little screen time? This list could go and on...

Learn with Practice and Ben and BellaHere are the evidence based hard facts around learning - what's good and what's not so good! Let's just say practice makes perfect! And that makes perfect get your kiddies and dance, practice and mimick English words with #BenandBella!
One thing parents think about is learning and homework and there are lots of different opinions out there. Wouldn't it be great if we could just teach our kids learn how to learn?

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