Archive for all-ages

He won’t bite the mailman: Sudbury kids and video games

Of what value are video games?  Sudbury parents sometimes worry about how much time their children spend playing videogames at school.  They wonder why they pay good money to have their children (especially boys) apparently squander their freedom on something the parents find to be so worthless.  They worry about the [...]

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Playing school at a Sudbury school

One day, I noticed a bunch of kids playing “school”. The funny thing about this is that the kids who were playing this game had never been to a traditional school. Some had been homeschooled prior to joining our school; others had spent their entire schooling at a Sudbury school. Yet, they seemed to know how it worked. That’s how pervasive the notion of “school” is.

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Play, free play and developing independence

Dr. Carlo Ricci kicked off the discussion by talking about the difference between play and free play. Free play, he noted, was the kind of play that children engage in without the “help” of adults. It is self-organizing, self-perpetuating, and self-evolving. That is, the play begins when children decide, necessary rules are negotiated amongst the children without adult interference, and the play proceeds and ends when the children no longer feel like playing.

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Just Playing? The Value of Letting Children Be

What does it mean to play? What is the difference between play and free play? Come join us to discuss more issues and questions around play. For example, we can discuss how free play enhances creativity, imagination, the self and society. Feel free to invite your friends or any other interested folks. Hosted by Reach Sudbury School of Toronto Opening [...]

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TED talk: What adults can learn from kids

In this TED talk, Adora Svitak (age 12) speaks about many concepts that are pertinent to the Sudbury approach: all-ages learning, creativity, trust. Your thoughts? addthis_url = 'http%3A%2F%2Freachsudbury.edublogs.org%2F2010%2F05%2F04%2Fted-talk-what-adults-can-learn-from-kids%2F'; addthis_title = 'TED+talk%3A+What+adults+can+learn+from+kids'; addthis_pub = '';

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