If you want children to learn to the optimum,
then you have to mix formal learning with play.
that if you keep a child's nose
to the grindstone
hour after hour,
then they will learn more
than if you have them
on a work, play,
work, play rota.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
If you self assess your own work routine,
you will discover that you work best
where you alternate work with relaxation.
The time spent working/relaxing
varies as you get older.
For the youngest children in school,
bursts of work and extended periods
of play are best,
whilst by the time we become adults
then those times can be swapped round
- long periods of work
and relatively short periods of relaxation.