A medical doctor wrote this book about what play does to the brain. In addition to the science, it also offers what play does to the imagination and the soul. The author spent years researching the "play history" of people (from murderers to Nobel Prize winners). A good summer read for parents and teachers!
This book spawned articles, blogs, and more books on the current reality in most kindergartens. It is compelling, researched based, inexpensive, and a quick read (71 pages). Any parent of a young child, elementary school teacher, or administrator will be moved by the information in this book!
The great Sir Ken Robinson gives a very funny but also moving talk on what schools do to potentially hurt children's' creativity. He really challenges our current model and structure of school systems. The takeaway message from this can feel overwhelming but when thinking about it in terms of keeping creativity in early childhood-it is doable!
This article went viral when it came out and it was just one of many in recent months about Finland's education system. This article that details the kindergarten experience for children in Finland is eye opening. (Spoiler: it is very different that kindergarten in the United States)!
The NAEYC is the accreditation organization for early childhood providers, including public school kindergarten. This is a somewhat large, but incredibly useful document on the role of play in kindergarten. The page with FAQ's about play is great and could be used to defend choice time and free play to any person suggesting it has no role in the elementary school.