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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...

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.
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All Resources for All Topics

(212 Results)

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...

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.
Load More