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Where Do Your Books Live?

If you work with young children, take a moment and think about your space. Where are the books? Are they in a cozy reading corner? Think about when books make an appearance in your day. Is it just when you … Continue reading

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Learning Letters Looks Like This

Learning your letters doesn’t mean sitting down and writing a B over and over and over Learning letters means building a B out of blocks and driving your car over it Learning letters means rolling them out in playdough Learning … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

Young children can do amazing things when they have the time. You’ll read article after article talking about how we over schedule our kids and we need to slow down and simplify. However, I think it goes even farther then … Continue reading

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Creating Wild Places

Baby slides, push toys, ride along cars. In our town, when they are outgrown and unwanted they find there way to this one park. Since they don’t “belong” to anyone, no one is worried about keeping them “nice.” That means … Continue reading

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Invitations to Play

“Invitations to Play” is a buzzword I didn’t even know existed until I joined Pinterest. Now, I scroll through hundreds of blogs all linked to this idea.¬† Basically, an “invitation to play” is a set of materials that you set … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids How to Play

It seems to so counter-intuitive to us adults that children need to be “taught” how to play. After all, they are kids! It is what they do! Think about it though, we call play “the work of children,” how many … Continue reading

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Letters from Camp: Let Them PLAY!

Many new, or infrequent, teachers seem scared of “down time.” In their view, any time when the kids are not actively moving forward in a planned way is A) lost teaching time and B) chaos just waiting to happen. What … Continue reading

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