Uniquely Preschool

Bodrova, Elena; Leong, Deborah J.
September 2005
Educational Leadership;Sep2005, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p44
The article reports that at a time when zeal for testing has inadvertently led to an overemphasis on acquiring academic content and skills, it is tempting to focus preschool and early elementary teaching on mastering these skills. But early education for the whole child cannot be reduced to teaching facts and skills. Although voiced in 1978, the warning against inappropriate acceleration of the curriculum seems appropriate today. Russian educator Alexander Zaporozhets was a colleague of the author and a lifelong advocate for high-quality preschool programs that address the needs of the whole child. In advocating activities that are uniquely preschool, Zaporozhets was referred to the belief that in the preschool years, children need to acquire a set of fundamental cognitive, linguistic, and social-emotional competencies that shape their minds for further learning, not just academic learning, but all learning. These skills include oral language, deliberate memory, focused attention, and self-regulation.


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