All Weather Play

All Weather Play

As winter moves toward spring here in the Northern Hemisphere many people look forward to warming temperatures, more sunshine, longer days, and more opportunities to be outside.The opportunities for outside activities in the winter are numerous, but many folks hibernate this time of year and long for the change in seasons. The same is true for many child development programs.

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It's Our Nature

It's Our Nature

A growing majority of people in our country has lost their connection to nature. Wondering how to encourage a large segment of the community to re-connect to nature, get some exercise, and change attitudes that are harmful to the environment, I considered how early childhood educators can lead the way bringing folks back to nature.

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Looking for Adventure

Looking for Adventure

Recently, while reading about the growth of forest preschools and reading online posts about beautiful forest schools in other countries, places where children spend their days rain or shine with dedicated educators pursuing their interests and accepting risks in the natural world---I started to wonder about the children who live in our larger cities.

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All Children Play

All Children Play

Recently, I was riding home and I noticed a large group of children playing at the end of the street. The sight of many children out in the middle of the day playing, with no adults around, was wonderful. The children were loud and busy having fun riding their bikes, running around and drawing with sidewalk chalk all over the street.

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Digging in the Dirt

Digging in the Dirt

This week school will be out for the summer here in Oregon and Summer Camp will begin. It is a time of short pants and t-shirts, BBQ’s and field’s trips in yellow school busses. Some of the trips will be to parks and playgrounds. These places provide a space for children to get out and be outdoors, play kickball, throw a Frisbee, and swim in a pool. What they do not provide is a variety of creative outdoor play.

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