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Building 21st Century Skills Block by Block

block building
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Date: July 22, 2014
Author: Karen Liu
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?

Nature Play as an Everyday Joy of Childhood

Nature Play
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Date: July 15, 2014
Author: Kenneth Finch
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.

Tribal Learning

Cross Generational
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Date: July 01, 2014
Author: Maureen Swinger
A small group of parents grow disillusioned with public Kindergarten and decide to venture outside of the box.

Making a Mud Kitchen

Mud Kitchen
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Date: June 24, 2014
Author: Mary Rivkin
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.

A Special Place for Play in Special Education

A Special Place for Play
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Date: June 10, 2014
Author: Jan Dowling
With pressure from many sources, it takes courage and effort to promote play as an intentional intervention for children with special needs.

Why Movement Matters

why movement matters
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Date: May 15, 2014
Author: Rae Pica
If we’re to educate and care for the whole child, movement must be part of the package!

Creating Lasting Memories

Lasting Memories
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Date: May 06, 2014
Author: Laurie Rankin
How can we help the children in our care begin to gather a trove of lasting memories of beauty and nature that they will carry with them throughout their lives?

Gardening with Children

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

How to make a Sock Pet

Sock Pets
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Date: April 22, 2014
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...

Teachers: the Most Important Leaders of All

Leadership
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Date: March 25, 2014
Author: Gigi Schweikert
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 Through Nature

Learning from Nature
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Date: March 18, 2014
Author: Geoffrey Bishop
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 in the Classroom

Clatter
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Date: February 18, 2014
Author: Sandra Duncan
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.

Exploring Sand Play

Sand Play
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Date: February 04, 2014
Author: Dr. F. Joyce Gerber
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!

Let Them Play
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Date: January 07, 2014
Author: Joan Almon
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.

Why Play with Blocks?

Blocks
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Date: December 10, 2013
Author: Pamela Phelps
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.

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

Sleep
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Date: November 27, 2013
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...

Important New Findings

lemonade stand
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Date: November 26, 2013
Author: Marcy Guddemi, PhD, MBAE
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: Why?

Reading at Five
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Date: October 11, 2013
Author: Joan Almon
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.

Embracing Life with Enthusiasm

sled
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Date: August 20, 2013
Author: Jan White
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.

The Role of Risk in Play and Learning

upside down
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Date: August 20, 2013
Author: Joan Almon
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.
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