Quotes

 

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

Leo F. Buscaglia


When children pretend, they're using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.

Fred Rogers


Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.

Friedrich Froebel


The creeping culture of risk aversion and fear of litigation...puts at risk our children's education and preparation for adult life.

Judith Hackitt


The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.

Margaret McMillan


Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside-children have their own agendas and time scales. As they find out more about their world and their place in it; they work hard not to let adults hurry them. We need to hear their voices.

Cathy Nutbrown


Let nature be your first teacher.

St Bernard of Clairvaux


Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world....

Albert Einstein


Letting children go out to play is one of the best things that parents can do for their health.

Prof Roger Mackett


The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

Plato


Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets. And any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.

Luther Burbank


You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Plato


Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind

can unfold.

Joseph Chilton Pearce


Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation.

Frank Caplan


It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

Leo F. Buscaglia


If animals play, this is because play is useful in the struggle for survival; because play practices and so perfects the skills needed in adult life.

Susanna Miller


Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

Mark Twain


We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw


Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.

Friedrich Froebel


Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

Rachel Carson


We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and contemptible rewards -- gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A's on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean's lists, or Phi Beta Kappa keys -- in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else.

Alfie Kohn


Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff

Catherine M. Wallace


Organized education operates on the assumption that children learn only when and only what and only because we teach them. That is not true. It is very close to one hundred percent false.

John Holt


Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy - these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another.

John Gatto


We learn because we want to learn, because it's important to us, because it's natural, and because it's impossible to live in the world and not learn. Then along comes school to mess up a beautiful thing.

Peggy Pirro


It is a happy talent to know how to play.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Play is the highest form of research.

Albert Einstein


Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

Fred Rogers


I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.

Albert Einstein


When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.

Jean Piaget


You are troubled at seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Is it nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy as now.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau