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Play Research

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2012): randomized control study found the structured play system called “Play Works” to decrease bullying and increase on track behaviors.

http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2012/03/can-tag-help-schools-teach-.html

 

5 page report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention called “The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance”. It sums up research involving school-based PE programs, recess, classroom physical activities and extracurricular physical activities and their effects on concentration and academic and social performance.

http://204.178.115.185/cms-assets/documents/28170-982352.btwnschoolbasedphysicalactivity.pdf

 

 

The Alliance For Childhood: 60+ page article on the importance of play citing several research articles over the past few decades: particularly studies of 50 play based kindergartens in Germany comparing 50 cognitive-based learning centers. Found play-based kindergarten children to be excelling socially, mathematically, reading, emotionally and creatively.  This study caused Germany to convert back to play-based kindergartens.

http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/sites/allianceforchildhood.org/files/file/kindergarten_report.pdf

 

Article detailing how a child’s occupational performance is hindered by obesity.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00957.x/pdf

 

Additional links

http://www.naturalearning.org/content/montessori-schools-and-designed-environment

http://www.naturalearning.org/project/tag/11

http://www.montessoriprintshop.com/Natural_Playgrounds.html

http://www.naturalearning.org/greendesk/tag/15