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STEM is Everywhere

STEM
Blog Post
Date: March 31, 2015
Author: Rhonda
I recently attended an early childhood conference about STEM education and was surprised to realize that the acronym simply labels skills that are actually second nature for young children. They are constantly observing and experimenting (Science), exploring simple tools (Technology), solving...

Defending Play

Power of Play
Blog Post
Date: November 25, 2014
“Imagine child’s play as a medieval castle under siege from all sides,” wrote Kim Mulford in a 2011 article. Government-mandated standards and assessments, electronic entertainment, and parental fears are breaking through the fortress walls. Play is under attack. Who will lead...

The Power of Play

Power of Play
Article
Date: November 25, 2014
Author: Dr. Mary Ruth Moore
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.

Teaching STEM with Ramps

Ramps and Pathways
Article
Date: November 04, 2014
Author: Betty Zan
Incorporating ramps in the block area opens up a new realm of scientific exploration plus a whole lot of great fun! How to implement these ideas into your classroom:

Physics in Preschool?

Ramps and Pathways
Blog Post
Date: November 04, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Young children are budding physical scientists. They are intensely curious about the world and want to figure out how it works. They are also budding engineers. They invent, design, and solve problems. Most of all, they love to be active and make something interesting happen.” How...

Play is a Childs Work

play
Article
Date: October 28, 2014
Author: Johann Christoph Arnold
In our frantically over-scheduled culture, a loud and clear voice promoting the right of every child to play.

The Right to Play

play is work
Blog Post
Date: October 28, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood,” wrote Friedrich Froebel, who created the concept of the kindergarten. The German educator’s greatest gift was his ability to view life through the eyes of a child. Consequently, his educational philosophy still...

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...

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...

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?

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...

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...

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!

Exploring Sand Play

sand play
Blog Post
Date: February 04, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“Damage repair! Damage repair!” The little engineers worked with beaverish intensity, packing handfuls of wet sand on the eroded bank. A shout of “more!” brought another bucketful of water gushing down the newly repaired chute, the force liquefying another sandy curve....

Exploring Sand Play

Sand Play
Article
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?

The Real Core Standard: Play

Jan 7 2013
Blog Post
Date: January 07, 2014
Author: Rhonda
“At recess I remember everything I learned.” Why is play such a vital part of the learning process in early childhood? And if its importance is proven by scientific research, why is it currently being pushed out of kindergarten and preschool classrooms? “The Common Core State...

Let Them Play!

Let Them Play
Article
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?

Dec 10 2013
Blog Post
Date: December 10, 2013
Author: Maureen
First day of kindergarten. A bundle of energy is hovering indecisively in the doorway. “Where are the Transformers?” he accuses. “Don’t you even have a Batmobile?” In an effort to convince him it’s worth his while to stay, I beckon him around to the shelves of...

Foundations for Learning

Foundations for Learning
Blog Post
Date: November 26, 2013
Author: Rhonda
"They’re only mean for pertection!" Dylan stubbornly defended the zebras. The small plastic zoo animals were being relegated to two enclosures in the block area: the "scary" animals on one side of a wall, the “nice” ones standing in neat rows safely on the opposite side. The...
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