Ideas for Gifts From the Garden Month

Presents from Mother Nature If you’ve never spent time in the garden with your children or students, you’re missing out on a rich experience.  Who doesn’t enjoy the aroma of sun-kissed soil? Or the sight of raindrops dripping from the … READ MORE

The Power of Visual Storytelling

Can you remember your experiences as a young learner? If anything stands out, it might be your favorite picture books. You were likely a recipient of the gift of visual learning. You may even now have a tendency to prefer … READ MORE

Spring Activities for Preschoolers

A recent study found that preschool-aged children do not spend nearly enough time outside as they should. Children should spend at least two hours a day playing and exploring the outdoors; however, most students are cooped up inside. Since it’s spring, … READ MORE

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

Did you know that only about 30 percent of children play outside every day? Outside play is crucial to a child’s health and development. Even though it may look like a child is just playing on the swings or doing … READ MORE

Inclusive Outdoor Playground Equipment

Sitting at desks all day and memorizing information makes learning harder for kids. That’s especially true for very young children. For preschoolers, play and learning go hand in hand. And being outdoors enhances the learning experience. Through outdoor exploration, preschoolers learn to think critically. … READ MORE

Itsy Bitsy Spiders

One of my favorite serendipitous events that happened many years ago was when we were singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider in the classroom and a real spider actually was hanging on a piece of silk in front of the children. … READ MORE

Plenty of Pumpkins

It is that time of the year when the weather begins to turn cooler, the leaves begin to give us a vibrate color display, and pumpkins are everywhere!  It is a great time to take advantage of this abundance of … READ MORE

Maintaining Peer Friendships During a Pandemic

Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the pandemic is still very much present. Many kid’s peer relationships have been neglected due to a lack of face to face quality time. They are not being able … READ MORE

Pandemic Impact on Young Children

Pandemic Impact on Young Children: A Survival Guide The impact this pandemic has afflicted onto families and their young children is extraordinary. With minimal social interaction and peer support, children are experiencing heightened loneliness and isolation. But don’t fear! This … READ MORE

Take Art Outside! Hunt for Textures

In art classes, students experiment with different mediums and textures. They can use markers, pens, crayons, paint, glue, paper, and chalk to create something new. A great way to help preschoolers explore texture is to take art outside for a … READ MORE