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When to Start Kindergarten

Goldilocks
Article
Date: August 05, 2014
Author: Marcy Guddemi, PhD
A common dilemma confronts many parents of Kindergarten students. Is my child ready for school? Which school?

Mountains of Bubbles

bubbles
Blog Post
Date: July 29, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Bubbles, lots of them, and no spills! Here’s an entertaining craft activity for a summer day. Our preschool tried it last week with very successful results. The best part is that there is no water or bubble mix to spill. You’ll need: disposable plastic cups, drinking straws, an old...

What do blocks do for you?

block building
Blog Post
Date: July 22, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Found in preschool classrooms around the globe, blocks are perhaps the most universal play material. Generations of educators have emphasized the educational benefits of playing with blocks. And generations of children have learned important life skills such as innovation, problem-solving, and...

Building 21st Century Skills Block by Block

block building
Article
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
Article
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.

Nature Play Every Day

city play
Blog Post
Date: July 15, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Many adults passing by might have seen only a mound of dirt and an overgrown garden hemmed in by city streets. Not exactly what they’d think of as a playground, much less a haven for childhood. For the kids in my urban preschool, however, the mound was their cherished...

The Wisdom of Play

Wisdom of Play
Blog Post
Date: July 08, 2014
Author: Rhonda
How do children learn to make sense of the world? “Early childhood education over the last half century has become a downward extension of schooling. It is now the first rung on the educational ladder,” writes David Elkind. “With the rapid expansion and acceptance of early...

Tribal Learning

Nursing home daycare
Blog Post
Date: July 01, 2014
Author: Rhonda
What happens when parents, dissatisfied with public schooling for their kindergarten children, venture out of the box? In one Connecticut town, a group of parents grew unhappy with the increased push-down pressure for early academic education which they felt was contrary to how young children...

Tribal Learning

Cross Generational
Article
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.

What do Children do with Mud?

mud kitchen
Blog Post
Date: June 24, 2014
Author: Rhonda
The best way to find out is simply to find some dirt, add some water, and let the kids loose! That might seem like pushing the boundaries, but you won’t be alone. This week children all over the world will be participating in International Mud Day to celebrate one of nature’s most...

Making a Mud Kitchen

Mud Kitchen
Article
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.

Do Your Children Go Barefoot?

barefeet
Blog Post
Date: June 17, 2014
Author: Rhonda
As if pulled by a magnetic force, the kids swarmed around the fresh pile of dirt that had been deposited near our urban garden. With squeals of spontaneous delight, shoes and socks were flung off as liberated toes explored the warm, soft earth. My first reaction was panic. What would the...

A Special Place for Play in Special Education

A Special Place for Play
Article
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.

A Special Place for Play in Special Education

A special place for play
Blog Post
Date: June 10, 2014
Author: Rhonda
What is the best way to support learning for children with special needs? How can their strengths and abilities be maximized? While practices in special education often focus on correcting children’s deficits by pulling them aside to work on specific skills, Jan Dowling suggests a different...

What Does Your Third Teacher Do?

PreK Spaces
Blog Post
Date: June 03, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Are the children in your preschool classroom deeply engrossed in their activities or are many at loose ends? Are they exploring and interacting with their peers or do they seem restless and unfocused? If your classroom environment is really functioning as a “third teacher,” then...

Celebrating Dandelions

Dandelions
Blog Post
Date: May 27, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Can you think of a more sustainable play material than the super-abundant dandelion? Every summer, despite mowing attempts, this resilient weed seems to cover our lawns. Highly inviting as loose parts for play, kids find endless uses for them—from garnishing mud kitchen soup to decorating...

Joy: the Most Powerful Stimulus for Learning

why movement matters
Blog Post
Date: May 20, 2014
Author: Rhonda
It has been said that a child laughs, on average, over 300 times daily. As beautiful as it is contagious, it is perhaps the most wonderful sound in the world. A healthy, nurturing environment will be full of laughter. Joy is an important element of learning. In fact, joy is considered the most...

Why Movement Matters

why movement matters
Article
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!

When is a Table not a Table?

Mulit-table
Blog Post
Date: May 13, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Sara Hardin of Manhattan reminded us that something as simple as raising a table invites endless creativity from children (not to mention the benefits for teachers using the same room for different programs): “The adjustable leg feature on our Multitables allowed us to switch activities...

Screens off. Play on!

Lasting Memories
Blog Post
Date: May 06, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of childhood…” Fyodor Dostoyevsky “Think back to your childhood,” suggests Laurie Rankin, in her article Creating Lasting...
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All Resources for All Topics

(204 Results)

When to Start Kindergarten

Goldilocks
Article
Date: August 05, 2014
Author: Marcy Guddemi, PhD
A common dilemma confronts many parents of Kindergarten students. Is my child ready for school? Which school?

Mountains of Bubbles

bubbles
Blog Post
Date: July 29, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Bubbles, lots of them, and no spills! Here’s an entertaining craft activity for a summer day. Our preschool tried it last week with very successful results. The best part is that there is no water or bubble mix to spill. You’ll need: disposable plastic cups, drinking straws, an old...

What do blocks do for you?

block building
Blog Post
Date: July 22, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Found in preschool classrooms around the globe, blocks are perhaps the most universal play material. Generations of educators have emphasized the educational benefits of playing with blocks. And generations of children have learned important life skills such as innovation, problem-solving, and...

Building 21st Century Skills Block by Block

block building
Article
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
Article
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.

Nature Play Every Day

city play
Blog Post
Date: July 15, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Many adults passing by might have seen only a mound of dirt and an overgrown garden hemmed in by city streets. Not exactly what they’d think of as a playground, much less a haven for childhood. For the kids in my urban preschool, however, the mound was their cherished...

The Wisdom of Play

Wisdom of Play
Blog Post
Date: July 08, 2014
Author: Rhonda
How do children learn to make sense of the world? “Early childhood education over the last half century has become a downward extension of schooling. It is now the first rung on the educational ladder,” writes David Elkind. “With the rapid expansion and acceptance of early...

Tribal Learning

Nursing home daycare
Blog Post
Date: July 01, 2014
Author: Rhonda
What happens when parents, dissatisfied with public schooling for their kindergarten children, venture out of the box? In one Connecticut town, a group of parents grew unhappy with the increased push-down pressure for early academic education which they felt was contrary to how young children...

Tribal Learning

Cross Generational
Article
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.

What do Children do with Mud?

mud kitchen
Blog Post
Date: June 24, 2014
Author: Rhonda
The best way to find out is simply to find some dirt, add some water, and let the kids loose! That might seem like pushing the boundaries, but you won’t be alone. This week children all over the world will be participating in International Mud Day to celebrate one of nature’s most...

Making a Mud Kitchen

Mud Kitchen
Article
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.

Do Your Children Go Barefoot?

barefeet
Blog Post
Date: June 17, 2014
Author: Rhonda
As if pulled by a magnetic force, the kids swarmed around the fresh pile of dirt that had been deposited near our urban garden. With squeals of spontaneous delight, shoes and socks were flung off as liberated toes explored the warm, soft earth. My first reaction was panic. What would the...

A Special Place for Play in Special Education

A Special Place for Play
Article
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.

A Special Place for Play in Special Education

A special place for play
Blog Post
Date: June 10, 2014
Author: Rhonda
What is the best way to support learning for children with special needs? How can their strengths and abilities be maximized? While practices in special education often focus on correcting children’s deficits by pulling them aside to work on specific skills, Jan Dowling suggests a different...

What Does Your Third Teacher Do?

PreK Spaces
Blog Post
Date: June 03, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Are the children in your preschool classroom deeply engrossed in their activities or are many at loose ends? Are they exploring and interacting with their peers or do they seem restless and unfocused? If your classroom environment is really functioning as a “third teacher,” then...

Celebrating Dandelions

Dandelions
Blog Post
Date: May 27, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Can you think of a more sustainable play material than the super-abundant dandelion? Every summer, despite mowing attempts, this resilient weed seems to cover our lawns. Highly inviting as loose parts for play, kids find endless uses for them—from garnishing mud kitchen soup to decorating...

Joy: the Most Powerful Stimulus for Learning

why movement matters
Blog Post
Date: May 20, 2014
Author: Rhonda
It has been said that a child laughs, on average, over 300 times daily. As beautiful as it is contagious, it is perhaps the most wonderful sound in the world. A healthy, nurturing environment will be full of laughter. Joy is an important element of learning. In fact, joy is considered the most...

Why Movement Matters

why movement matters
Article
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!

When is a Table not a Table?

Mulit-table
Blog Post
Date: May 13, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Sara Hardin of Manhattan reminded us that something as simple as raising a table invites endless creativity from children (not to mention the benefits for teachers using the same room for different programs): “The adjustable leg feature on our Multitables allowed us to switch activities...

Screens off. Play on!

Lasting Memories
Blog Post
Date: May 06, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of childhood…” Fyodor Dostoyevsky “Think back to your childhood,” suggests Laurie Rankin, in her article Creating Lasting...
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