Socially Interactive

Socially Interactive

When choosing their own work, often children are engaged with other children and much of the process of exploring their wonderings is done in collaboration. The process of discovery and creation then becomes a place for social interaction

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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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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part Two

When we adopt the stance as co-learners, we acknowledge our responsibilities to scaffold and support the specific ideas and theories that children bring forward into our classroom, programs, and our lives.

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The Greatest of Them All

The Greatest of Them All

One material in school age care has stood the test of time. There are many great materials but this material is the greatest in my opinion because of it’s versatility, cost, and availability.

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Community Helpers

Community Helpers

An important aspect of building the learning community is inviting outside community helpers to share their story with the children. These visits invite children to think about how they can contribute to the community, help others, and make a contribution to the greater good.

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Drawing With Numbers

Drawing With Numbers

Introducing children to new ways of thinking and experimenting with known objects invites exploration of other known materials in the future. By opening up the possibilities of number we open the possibilities of all things.

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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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Play In The Land of Academics

Play In The Land of Academics

Living as an afterschool educator and observing children at play for many years, I have observed how the amount and emphasis on play has changed. Science states play and physical activity represent an important part of education and benefits the growing and active brain. In trying to figure out the history of play and education a question came to mind. What caused test scores and grades become more important than the rest of life's activities?

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Compliance versus Contentment

Compliance versus Contentment

In afterschool programs there is a challenge between two worlds, the world of compliance and the world of contentment. Compliance is defined as “the act of conforming, acquiescing, or yielding”. It is also defined as “the tendency to yield readily to others especially in a weak subservient way”. Contentment is defined as “the state of being content, satisfaction, and ease of mind” another term used for this is happiness. 

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