Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance

Lately, the children have been playing a game that has been around since I was a child and has stood the test of time. A simple game that brings the children together each afternoon to enjoy each other’s company and play for the joy that it brings to life. 

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The Benefits of Free Play

The Benefits of Free Play

What are the benefits of free play? How often do children participate in free play versus organized activities? I discovered an interesting article and study and wanted to share a few thoughts in hope of creating more understanding.

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A Playground for Marbles

A Playground for Marbles

A wonderful part of the learning community blossoms when a few children create something that captures the imagination of other children, who join in and collaborate on adapting and creating a new version of the original creation. 

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Embracing Free Play for Self Care

Embracing Free Play for Self Care

As an educator we give time to others. We give selflessly to our schools, community, and the children. The demands of serving others often takes precedent over developing a rejuvenating self-care practice. Incorporating more free play into our lives will support our growth and well being as educators.

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Taking Flight

Taking Flight

Paper planes are a classic activity for children. We have come along way in plane design from the classic dart to the modern craft of today. What has not changed is the connection the children create around an activity the love.

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Ice Castle

Ice Castle

Children use pre-made and created props as a backdrop to their imaginative play. These props add depth to the story they are creating and give children motivation to continue developing their characters and the adventure.

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Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting

Children when excited about the work they are doing are more verbal, and socializing is a big part of the work itself. This expression enhances the experience for the group and leads to further exploration and social connection.

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Salt Dough Animals

Salt Dough Animals

Slime is still trending, so I wanted to continue the exploration of slime and different gooey tactile materials with the children. This week I decided to try a classic recipe and make salt dough

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Two Materials and a Mirror

Two Materials and a Mirror

At the beginning of this provocation, I wondered how the children would approach the work. They started off slowly, but through experimentation and supporting each other, new discoveries were made about how materials can be used in ways different from what we think they are capable of.

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The Magna-Tile Exploration

The Magna-Tile Exploration

Whenever I think that the Magna-Tiles have been assembled in as many ways as humanly possible, I delight in seeing a new creation by the children, born by weaving and interchanging the Magna-Tiles in a form I would have never thought possible.

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Slime is Trending

Slime is Trending

Gooey materials are wonderful because like all great materials they are adaptable to all children. Children of all ages love gooey materials. The drive to play with this type of material starts young as we discover some water mixed with dirt makes the original gooey material, mud.

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Observation and Children's Actions

Observation and Children's Actions

Children’s actions appear simple but in reality are very complex, because children experience many variables in their daily walk of life, making decisions how they are going to respond to these experiences.

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Playing for Balance

Playing for Balance

Outside physical activity balances the school day. It provides children an opportunity to recharge, refocus, and rejuvenate their body and mind in preparation for the next learning adventure. It creates a connection to the outside world that helps all of us stay in balance.

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