Safety v. Risk Taking on the Playground

I came across an article in the New York Times that was questioning if today’s playgrounds were too safe.  In his article, “Today’s playgrounds may be too safe, critics warn,” John Tierney writes safer “playgrounds may stunt emotional development, leaving … READ MORE

Learning to Heal Through Play: Moving to Heal (2 of 3)

“Moving to heal” can be quite literal.  Children can become frozen by traumatic events and need to partake in physically strenuous acts to help them unload all of the emotions that have been holding them in place.  In many of … READ MORE

Sock Gardens

Have left over, mismatched socks?  Don’t throw them away!  Instead, use them for a fun and creative sock garden.  This is an activity that the tiniest of feet can participate in. To do so, this is what you’ll need: – … READ MORE

Learning to Heal Through Play (1 of 3)

We often write and read about all of the educational benefits children gain through play; the ELS that they are mastering on the playground.  Recently I read an article entitled “hope and healing for children affected by domestic violence”. It … READ MORE

Learn about Giving Gifts from the Garden

Early Learning Standards require that our children use their five senses to investigate the environment and to gather information. Using their senses, you can teach them about nature and give them something simple to bring home as well.  Children love … READ MORE

Happy Fathers Day! Learning from Male Role Models

This Father’s Day, we want to acknowledge all of the hard work that fathers, uncles, grandpas and all males alike put into being good male role models for children.  In some cases, though, young children are not exposed to an … READ MORE