Promoting kindergarten playtime may improve grades going forward into first grade, a new study has found.

Kindergarten Playtime May Improve GradesAmong students in high poverty schools, the “Tools for the Mind” technique seems to be particularly effective, according to the study’s authors.

“The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study.

“The key aspect is children planning what they’re going to do and making a plan for it and executing that plan,” Blair said. “They’re practicing all the cognitive skills that are important for learning.”

The study lasted two years, and involved 79 kindergarten classrooms and a total of 759 children divided into two groups. 42 classrooms used the Tools for the Mind program and 37 continued with the standard teaching approach.

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Kindergarten Playtime May Improve Grades