Thrilled to Learn

Thrilled to Learn

Joyful play in children is about engagement. It starts with the children’s interest in a material or an idea. This is a process where children, alone and in collaboration, engage with their interest and take a deep dive into the process of finding answers.

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Tissue Paper Prints

Tissue Paper Prints

This is the gift children can give all of us, no one cared what another child’s technique looked like, they were just happy to be together laughing, talking, and experimenting with two kinds of paper and water.

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Creating Suits of Armor

Creating Suits of Armor

Often one child inspires other children with their ideas and execution of work. A common activity is for children to use some of their day observing other children working in the classroom. During this time children are often motivated to try similar work themselves.

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Activity in School Age Programs

Activity in School Age Programs

Educators in school-age programs spend much of their time trying to create new activities for children to be engaged in the classroom. The process of creating and implementing activities often becomes a distraction from working with the children. How can school-age educators encourage children’s activity while creating opportunities for wonder, discovery, and self directed satisfying work?

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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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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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A Community of Sticks

A Community of Sticks

Community building in childcare is important because it cultivates connection among the people involved. Experts in well-being name connection and belonging as one of the best ways humans feel healthy and happy. The communities we belong to co-construct our learning, and act as a catalyst for our continued growth.

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