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Shadow Exploration

Spend a little time on Pinterest and you’ll probably start to think that learning for kids happens best during carefully curated play experiences. Spend any time with a toddler and you’ll soon discover that the most amazing learning occurs when … Continue reading

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When it’s “Too Nice Out” to Go to a Museum

Too often, people think of museums as a “rainy day activity,” something you save for when there are no better options. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! While I agree that some days are just too beautiful to be … Continue reading

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A Lesson on Simple Machines…Simply Worked!

I’ve made no attempt to hide the ups and downs of museum and early childhood education. I’ve talked openly about museum visits that go wrong and the ups and downs of classroom management. But, can I tell you how excited … 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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Letters From Camp: Keeping Order Amid Chaos

So, as promised in my post last week, I’ve got some reflections that bubbled up after a week of teaching summer camp. Up first…classroom management. —————————————————————— I knew before I even walked into camp that the first things I had … Continue reading

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Letters from Camp: Introduction

I just got back from teaching a week of Smithsonian Associates Summer Camp. Is it wrong that my first reaction was to think “Ow! I forgot how much this hurt?” I haven’t taught full time (outside the home) in two … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget the Parents

When I am planning a program for a library, school or other community group…the focus is on the kids.  After all, that is my target audience, they are the ones who will be sitting in front of me. So, when … Continue reading

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Delighting in My Child’s Interest: Trucks!

My son loves cars, trucks and all things that go.  I know a lot of Moms might say that…but in our house that is the main toy of interest at all times. At first, I was a little worried about … Continue reading

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Does it Roll? Embracing small science moments

In a post for the National Science Teachers Association I talked about looking out for the “small science moments” throughout the day.  Toddlers will joyfully embrace science  (especially if it is science related to gravity!) so all we have to … Continue reading

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Eureaka! Science in the Bathtub

Science can happen anywhere!  For caregivers with infants and toddlers you learn quickly to grab any chance you have to help your child explore and learn about the world.  In fact, if you look closely at your day you’ll find … Continue reading

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