Know that your child is hardwired to learn.
Christakis states that, "learning and schooling are not the same thing," and that kids seem to be working more but learning less. There are parents and teachers that will agree that children are being pressured to learn too much and should just play — thus separating the two things — but Christakis disagrees.
I think that they can learn more through experience-based, relationship-based, playful learning. I do think there is a ton of evidence that we need to slow down, give kids more time to play, more time to engage more time to think meaningfully about what they're doing instead of just doing a craft because it's Halloween . . . . We need to listen to kids and see what engages them but I do want to be clear: it shouldn't be 'Turn them loose, let them play;' it has to be an intentional environment where we've set up kids to be successful in learning through their relationships and their play.