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Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until Saturday, November 19, 2016
Most Scandinavians have grown up with what is often called the Nordic ideal – that is, to offer their young children a “good childhood.” In fact, to cultivate this value, in most Nordic countries children are not encouraged to enroll in any form of structured academic instruction before age six. Instead, children are given opportunities to learn about their world by playing, where they explore familiar surroundings by themselves and with others in joyful settings, with freedom to choose what to do and how long to do it. This child-centric approach has demonstrated success in preparing children for more structured learning experiences as they grow older, either self-directed or as part of formal school curricula.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation/Scandinavia House is proud to present The Good Childhood in a World of Change: A Nordic-American Dialogue on Best Educational Practices. Conceived and organized in collaboration with the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, the symposium will be held at Scandinavia House in midtown Manhattan. The symposium promises to be a cross-cultural gathering of educators and specialists in the field, discussing the benefits of childhood freedom and unstructured play, as well as the challenges of educating a diverse and rapidly changing population, both in the U.S. and the Nordic countries.
Speakers and panelists in the forefront of early childhood education theory and practice from major universities and schools in the U.S. and the Nordic countries will give presentations, and about 150 practitioners in the field of early childhood education are expected to attend.
From Scandinavia House.