Back to School: Literacy Gazebo (Part 3 of 4)

One great way to make that transition from summer to school is with the literacy gazebo. The Literacy Gazebo provides a great place for children to sit and listen to stories, tell stories to other children, or create their own … READ MORE

Back to School: Teacher’s Organizational Post (Part 2 of 4)

Maybe the Boy Scouts have a claim on the motto, “Be Prepared.” That doesn’t mean it can’t be your motto, too. Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to run back inside for something? The Teacher’s Organizational Post is a … READ MORE

Back to School (Part 1 of 4)

Chalk dust! Art supplies! Curriculum! Recess! Yes, it time to head back to school. Whether classes have already started, or you have a few more weeks to prepare, now is a great time to think about your plans for the … READ MORE

Drivers Ed: Start Young

Who doesn’t remember learning how to drive? Whether you learned on an automatic or a manual, on urban streets or in the country, learning to drive is a big deal. This sparked a fun conversation among folks at The Adventurous … READ MORE

Cycling Fun!

Summertime offers an abundance of opportunities: water fun, outdoor play, barbeques, fireworks, and more. What else is ubiquitous in the summertime? Tricycle riding! It is fun, it is inexpensive (once you’ve purchased your cycle), it is “green,” and it makes … READ MORE

Food for Thought

There are some who argue that the benefits of early childhood education disappear by third grade. Steve Barnett, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) replied to this claim: “Absolutely not! A new NIEER study that provides … READ MORE

ASSESSMENT IS… COMPREHENSIVE (Part 3 of 3)

The Adventurous Child understands that when it comes to learning, you need a lot of choices for kids. Having an outdoor Nature and Science Learning Center is a fantastic way to encourage different types of learning, and by proxy, will … READ MORE

ASSESSMENT IS… COMPREHENSIVE (Part 2 of 3)

Research indicates that people learn in different ways (Pashler, McDaniel, Rohrer, & Bjork, 2008). Some prefer instructional manuals, others need auditory coaching, and still others require hands-on training. It’s only fair that instructors and care providers assess children in different … READ MORE

ASSESSMENT IS… COMPREHENSIVE (Part 1 of 3)

“Assessment is a comprehensive process. It can measure many aspects of learning…. Assessing only in one way or in one context does not tell us the whole story. We need to consider the many ways children learn and the many … READ MORE

Cause and Effect

If you were to sit down with a group of toddlers and preschoolers, and announce that you will be spending the morning discussing cause and effect relationships, perspective, and self awareness, what sort of responses would you receive? Probably some … READ MORE