Teachers must model appropriate play practices in their classrooms, but what if the teachers themselves don't understand the importance of play to childhood? As a professor of early childhood education, Dr. Moore, shares her commitment to teach her students the power of play.
In this thought provoking article, Judi Pack urges teachers to take time to reflect on the “big questions”: How do you view children? Who do you want to be in the lives of your students? How do young children learn? How would you define your role in the classroom?
A child’s early positive experiences—watching ants march down the sidewalk, listening to birds calling in the trees, catching rainwater in a rain barrel—give children a great start that sets them up for later learning that builds into environmental literacy.
If playing with blocks is such a foundational pillar of education why is block play still largely relagated to a "choice" activity, limited by space and time? What if block building were a central element in your curriculum and schedule?
The children and nature movement is fostering wonderful new ways for kids to play outdoors, yet most of these new approaches are challenged in one vital dimension: frequency. If we really want to power-up nature-based play, it needs to be available where children can enjoy it almost any day, without adult involvement or confining schedules.
It’s mud season again and good things are being made. How about a chocolate mud pie, decorated with yellow dandelions? Or a luscious cupcake sprinkled with sand and cherry petals? A mud kitchen can be a stimulating, and very accessible, addition to your outdoor space.
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?
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...