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Making Nature Bracelets

Nature Bracelet
Blog Post
Date: October 21, 2014
Author: Rhonda
As leaves begin to fall from the trees and ripened seeds start to scatter, don’t miss out on this classic and fun nature activity. To make nature bracelets, wrap a piece of wide tape loosely around each child’s wrist with the sticky side out. Head outside on your walk and have the...

On a Child's Level

Child's Level
Blog Post
Date: October 14, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Setting Up an Infant and Toddler Space It’s such a big world. Your classroom may be the one place where a child can reach, sit, play, and work without constantly asking an adult for assistance. When an environment is designed to fit infants and toddlers, they can reach what they need, and...

Giving Children a Natural Start

Natural Start
Blog Post
Date: October 07, 2014
Topics: Topics
Author: Rhonda
If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. David Sobel What is the best way to lay a foundation in environmental education for children? How can you teach a child to love the earth? “If you want a...

Giving Children a Natural Start

Natural Start
Article
Date: October 07, 2014
Author: Christy Merrick
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.

Screens versus Children

Screening Out
Blog Post
Date: September 30, 2014
Author: Rhonda
When it comes to technology and education, opinions swing in all directions. As parents and teachers, we know that too much technology is bad for children. But where do we draw the line? Is it still possible to cut through the controversy surrounding this issue to discover again the heart of...

Screening Out

Screened Out
Article
Date: September 30, 2014
Author: Johann Christoph Arnold
There is no easy way to relieve the burden that technology places on children. But if we love them, we can't slip into resignation just because we don't know where to start.

Building STEM Skills with Blocks

Blocks
Blog Post
Date: September 23, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“I didn’t even know I was learning,” writes Dan Feil, a Connect reader. “I am not suggesting that I had an underprivileged childhood. I simply had few toys. One that I remember vividly is my set of wooden blocks. I recall handling my blocks and thinking: two squares make a...

The Wonder of Natures Colors

Nature's Color
Article
Date: September 16, 2014
Author: Kelly Johnson
Nature provides the stage and art provides the script to help you awaken a love of learning in your students.

Foraging for Color

color wheel
Blog Post
Date: September 16, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Where art and nature meet, a sense of wonder is sparked, observation skills are developed, and cross-curricular learning is inspired,” writes Kelly Johnson. “Nature provides the stage and art provides the script to help you awaken a love of learning in your...

Our Gift For You

TNIT
Blog Post
Date: September 09, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Many things can wait. Children cannot....Their name is today.” Gabriela Mistral “It’s high time for a hopeful book about childhood,” writes Johann Christoph Arnold in Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World. The odds right now certainly...

Making Language Come Alive

Making Language Come Alive
Blog Post
Date: September 02, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Learning to read—that academic skill that is considered necessary to school and life success—looms heavily for children, even in preschool. But how do children develop strong literacy skills and what can early childhood teachers do to support them in a sensible, developmentally...

Making Language Come Alive

Story Telling
Article
Date: September 02, 2014
Author: Judi Pack, M.A.Ed.
Young children need to be provided with language experiences that promote a love of books, language, and story within a play-based environment filled with rich conversation and meaning.

The Test of Time

Test of Time
Blog Post
Date: August 26, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“These cars are built to take the wear and tear young drivers can give . . . Will give miles of pleasure,” states our 1965 Community Playthings catalog. Could the writer have imagined that some 50 years—and thousands of miles—later, the cars would still be “on the...

The Power of Purposeful Environments

Preschool Environments
Article
Date: August 19, 2014
Author: Amy Sussna Klein
How can the environment take on some of the responsibilities typically associated with teachers?

The Power of Purposeful Environments

Preschool Environments
Blog Post
Date: August 19, 2014
Author: Rhonda
A good teacher inspires learning. But each classroom has another teacher, often overlooked, that has the potential to dramatically increase or decrease learning opportunities as well. Often referred to as “the third teacher,” the environment can have a powerful effect on both behavior...

Young Mechanics

fixing trikes
Blog Post
Date: August 12, 2014
Author: Rhonda
You’ll enjoy this letter we received from a preschool teacher. Let us know if you’ve experienced the same problem! Dear Community Playthings, We seem to have a problem with our tricycles. Without fail, every time my youngsters try to go for a ride, the trikes seem to break. The riders...

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?

The Goldilocks Dilemma

goldilocks
Blog Post
Date: August 05, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Choosing the Appropriate Kindergarten "Goldilocks tried the first kindergarten and it was too hard. She tried the second and it was too easy. Then she tried the third and it was just right.” Parents may sometimes feel like Goldilocks, looking for the solution that is “just...

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...
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All Resources for All Topics

(222 Results)

Making Nature Bracelets

Nature Bracelet
Blog Post
Date: October 21, 2014
Author: Rhonda
As leaves begin to fall from the trees and ripened seeds start to scatter, don’t miss out on this classic and fun nature activity. To make nature bracelets, wrap a piece of wide tape loosely around each child’s wrist with the sticky side out. Head outside on your walk and have the...

On a Child's Level

Child's Level
Blog Post
Date: October 14, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Setting Up an Infant and Toddler Space It’s such a big world. Your classroom may be the one place where a child can reach, sit, play, and work without constantly asking an adult for assistance. When an environment is designed to fit infants and toddlers, they can reach what they need, and...

Giving Children a Natural Start

Natural Start
Blog Post
Date: October 07, 2014
Topics: Topics
Author: Rhonda
If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. David Sobel What is the best way to lay a foundation in environmental education for children? How can you teach a child to love the earth? “If you want a...

Giving Children a Natural Start

Natural Start
Article
Date: October 07, 2014
Author: Christy Merrick
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.

Screens versus Children

Screening Out
Blog Post
Date: September 30, 2014
Author: Rhonda
When it comes to technology and education, opinions swing in all directions. As parents and teachers, we know that too much technology is bad for children. But where do we draw the line? Is it still possible to cut through the controversy surrounding this issue to discover again the heart of...

Screening Out

Screened Out
Article
Date: September 30, 2014
Author: Johann Christoph Arnold
There is no easy way to relieve the burden that technology places on children. But if we love them, we can't slip into resignation just because we don't know where to start.

Building STEM Skills with Blocks

Blocks
Blog Post
Date: September 23, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“I didn’t even know I was learning,” writes Dan Feil, a Connect reader. “I am not suggesting that I had an underprivileged childhood. I simply had few toys. One that I remember vividly is my set of wooden blocks. I recall handling my blocks and thinking: two squares make a...

The Wonder of Natures Colors

Nature's Color
Article
Date: September 16, 2014
Author: Kelly Johnson
Nature provides the stage and art provides the script to help you awaken a love of learning in your students.

Foraging for Color

color wheel
Blog Post
Date: September 16, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Where art and nature meet, a sense of wonder is sparked, observation skills are developed, and cross-curricular learning is inspired,” writes Kelly Johnson. “Nature provides the stage and art provides the script to help you awaken a love of learning in your...

Our Gift For You

TNIT
Blog Post
Date: September 09, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Many things can wait. Children cannot....Their name is today.” Gabriela Mistral “It’s high time for a hopeful book about childhood,” writes Johann Christoph Arnold in Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World. The odds right now certainly...

Making Language Come Alive

Making Language Come Alive
Blog Post
Date: September 02, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Learning to read—that academic skill that is considered necessary to school and life success—looms heavily for children, even in preschool. But how do children develop strong literacy skills and what can early childhood teachers do to support them in a sensible, developmentally...

Making Language Come Alive

Story Telling
Article
Date: September 02, 2014
Author: Judi Pack, M.A.Ed.
Young children need to be provided with language experiences that promote a love of books, language, and story within a play-based environment filled with rich conversation and meaning.

The Test of Time

Test of Time
Blog Post
Date: August 26, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“These cars are built to take the wear and tear young drivers can give . . . Will give miles of pleasure,” states our 1965 Community Playthings catalog. Could the writer have imagined that some 50 years—and thousands of miles—later, the cars would still be “on the...

The Power of Purposeful Environments

Preschool Environments
Article
Date: August 19, 2014
Author: Amy Sussna Klein
How can the environment take on some of the responsibilities typically associated with teachers?

The Power of Purposeful Environments

Preschool Environments
Blog Post
Date: August 19, 2014
Author: Rhonda
A good teacher inspires learning. But each classroom has another teacher, often overlooked, that has the potential to dramatically increase or decrease learning opportunities as well. Often referred to as “the third teacher,” the environment can have a powerful effect on both behavior...

Young Mechanics

fixing trikes
Blog Post
Date: August 12, 2014
Author: Rhonda
You’ll enjoy this letter we received from a preschool teacher. Let us know if you’ve experienced the same problem! Dear Community Playthings, We seem to have a problem with our tricycles. Without fail, every time my youngsters try to go for a ride, the trikes seem to break. The riders...

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?

The Goldilocks Dilemma

goldilocks
Blog Post
Date: August 05, 2014
Author: Rhonda
Choosing the Appropriate Kindergarten "Goldilocks tried the first kindergarten and it was too hard. She tried the second and it was too easy. Then she tried the third and it was just right.” Parents may sometimes feel like Goldilocks, looking for the solution that is “just...

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...
Load More