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Gardening with Children
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Date: April 29, 2014
Author: Catherine Koons-Hubbard

Gardening with Children

Gardening with young children isn’t nearly as romantic in practice as most people think. Yes, it’s fun; and yes, there are moments of wonder and discovery. But gardening with a group of young children is seldom as calm, intentional, or controlled as most teachers hope it will be. So, why garden?
Sock Pets
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Date: April 22, 2014

How to make a Sock Pet

Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach children more about sustainability, nature, and what it means to “be green”. This fun project demonstrates those values by using recycled materials and planting seeds. Plus, the funky green hair is hard to beat! Good for Earth Day, or any...
Leadership
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Date: March 25, 2014
Author: Gigi Schweikert

Teachers: the Most Important Leaders of All

Are You a Leader? You may not think of yourself as a leader, but you probably are. There are all kinds of leaders: the conventional ones—CEOs, managers, coaches, principals of schools, or directors of centers—and the more subtle, but just as influential, leaders we encounter in daily...
Learning from Nature
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Date: March 18, 2014
Author: Geoffrey Bishop

Learning Through Nature

Our children need to fall, they need to climb, and they need to get dirty. They need to experiment and to stretch their limits. My parents gave me a gift—it was the gift of Nature as a prepared environment, a place to play freely. Let us give every child the same gift.
Clatter
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Date: February 18, 2014
Author: Sandra Duncan

Clatter in the Classroom

You are cordially invited to begin to de-clatter your classroom. Begin to think differently about how your physical space is structured and organized. Search for new ways of creating transparency in your space.
Sand Play
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Date: February 04, 2014
Author: Dr. F. Joyce Gerber

Exploring Sand Play

Sand and water hold a tremendous attraction for young children, but as time for play is increasingly threatened by standards and curriculum driven activities, how can teachers validate the educational value and necessity of sand in the classroom?
Let Them Play
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Date: January 07, 2014
Author: Joan Almon

Let Them Play!

Play is one of the primary approaches to learning available to children in early childhood. Yet despite its importance for cognitive, social-emotional and physical growth, play has largely been pushed out of kindergartens and is currently vanishing from preschools.
Blocks
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Date: December 10, 2013
Author: Pamela Phelps

Why Play with Blocks?

When enough blocks, space, and teacher support are provided, building with blocks can be one of the most enriching experiences an elementary or preschool classroom can provide.
Sleep
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Date: November 27, 2013

Creating an Environment for Safe and Healthy Sleep in Child Care Programs

Along with nutrition, physical activity, and secure attachments, sleep is a basic requirement for a child’s growth and brain development. Sleep is important for health and wellness, especially for growing infants and young children. Unfortunately, the amount of time children spend sleeping...
lemonade stand
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Date: November 26, 2013
Author: Marcy Guddemi, PhD, MBAE

Important New Findings

The study of early childhood education has produced some extraordinary findings as of late. Many tenants of early childhood that we previously just knew or had a gut-level feeling for, now have research to confirm these beliefs.
Reading at Five
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Date: October 11, 2013
Author: Joan Almon

Reading at Five Why

There is no evidence to suggest that early reading is a helpful step for long-term school success. Yet teachers of young children are pressured to devote hours every day to test-driven curricula at the expense of play and other free choice activities. Joan Almon pleads the case of kindergarten children, so eager to learn by inquiry and investigation, so hampered by today’s core standards.
sled
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Date: August 20, 2013
Author: Jan White

Embracing Life with Enthusiasm

Children need a childhood filled with opportunities to develop the dispositions, knowledge and competencies that allow them to embrace life with enthusiasm. An environment with challenge and its associated risk is vital for this. In a risk-averse culture obsessed with litigation, Jan White challenges educators to address this important issue.
upside down
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Date: August 20, 2013
Author: Joan Almon

The Role of Risk in Play and Learning

Real play means taking risks. As educators we have the responsibility not only to understand the inevitability of risk, but to know the importance of providing adventuresome opportunities for children. In this article Joan Almon advocates for a childhood rich in play and appropriate challenges.
tree
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Date: August 20, 2013
Author: Deb Curtis

Risk

Because much of what is involved in outdoor play involves risk, many teachers feel it is easier and safer to keep the kids indoors. In this encouraging article Deb Curtis offers practical suggestions to help negotiate the risks of an outdoor environment with the goal of providing challenges that are vital to the development of children.
monkey bars
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Date: August 20, 2013
Author: Lenore Skenazy

The Importance of Child's Play

Appearing in the Wall Street Journal and on Skenazy’s blog page “Free-Range Kids”, this refreshing, down-to-earth article reminds us that the greatest risk to childhood may ironically stem from our very efforts to keep kids safe. Children deserve a childhood that is filled with opportunities to become competent and confident, in short, a childhood filled with opportunities for play.
Building Character Through Block Play
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Date: June 21, 2013
Author: Jean Schreiber

Building Character Through Block Play

As the education world becomes increasingly inundated with technology, Jean Schreiber offers a strong, irrefutable case for the importance of the Block Corner. Teachers have an unparalleled opportunity to teach, inspire and instill lifetime values in their students through a better understanding of the values of block play.
A Company Built On Blocks
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Date: June 21, 2013
Author: Dana Wiser

A Company Built on Unit Blocks

The unit block was foundational in the formation of Community Playthings. Read the fascinating story of the tenuous beginnings of our business, the perseverance of the pioneers, and the contribution of Caroline Pratt in getting a fledgling enterprise off to a solid start.
The Teacher's Role in the Project Approach
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Date: April 30, 2013
Author: Lilian G. Katz, PhD

The Teacher's Role in the Project Approach

Successful classroom project work requires a teacher willing to partner with children as co-learner and facilitator. Careful listening and observation is important throughout the process, from topic selection, to monitoring the progress of learning, integrating the project work with standards, and sharing the learning of children with the wider community.
Project Work and Nature: A Natural Combination
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Date: April 30, 2013
Author: Judy Harris Helm, EdD

Project Work and Nature

Choosing a topic is one of the most important decisions in project work. Projects that investigate nature build relationships between children and the natural world, and support problem solving and creative thinking skills. You’ll find tips for selecting nature topics and examples of nature investigations for toddlers to first grade children.
The Project Approach to Teaching & Learning
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Date: April 30, 2013
Author: Dr. Sylvia C. Chard

The Project Approach to Teaching and Learning

The Project Approach presents many opportunities for young children’s ideas to be valued, their creativity to be encouraged, their interests to be nurtured, and for their learning needs to be met. This article gives an overview of this hands-on approach to learning, from a leading authority on the subject.

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