This epilogue presents seven principles of learning based on the science that informs preschool education and pedagogy and how they align with play and playful learning. These principles are: all policies, programs, and products directed toward young children should be sensitive to children's developmental age and ability as defined through research-based developmental trajectories; children are active, not passive, learners, who acquire knowledge by examining and exploring their environment; children, like all humans, are fundamentally social beings who learn most effectively in socially sensitive and responsive environments via their interactions with caring adults and other children; children learn best when their social and emotional needs are met and when they learn life skills necessary for success; young children learn most effectively when information is embedded in meaningful contexts that relate to their everyday lives rather than in artificial contexts that foster rote learning; the process of learning is as important as the outcome; recognizing that children have diverse skills and needs as well as different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds encourages respect for individual differences and allows children to optimize their learning.
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