Restorative Properties of Nature

“The exposure to nature restores our cognitive functions, enabling us to concentrate better.” ~ Stephen Mayer, professor of psychology at Oberlin University. In September, we talked about school starting and getting back into the educational aspects of the indoor and … READ MORE

Happy Halloween

Halloween is always a fun and exciting holiday for children.  It is an opportunity to live out a fantasy as a favorite animal or character and really cut loose with friends and family.  And all this is before being allowed … READ MORE

Children and Conservation

Most of us didn’t start to learn the importance of conservation until we were adults: the idea of conservation was still new when we were children, and climate change was practically unheard of.  But now that we understand its importance, … READ MORE

Take It Outside Week

Children Are Born To Be Outside and Wild – Not Stuck Inside and Mild. -Amy Sussna Klein   This week, Oct. 16-22nd, is TAKE IT OUTSIDE WEEK sponsored by Head Start Body Start.  Time spent outdoors is an integral part … READ MORE

Learning Science and Social Studies while Going Green

“We have not inherited the Earth from our parents; we have borrowed it from our children.” – L. Brown, 1981 Our children are our future, what we have is ultimately theirs.  That is why it is so important for us … READ MORE

Mud: A Renewable Resource

What is the one outdoor activity that every child loves (even if Mom doesn’t always agree)? Playing in the mud, of course! As we can all remember from our own childhoods, mud is that ever present, ever moldable toy that … READ MORE

Learning in Autumn

Take advantage of the last of the nice fall weather before the cool sets in.  Children will love to go on a nature hike and discover new bugs and plants with magnifying glasses.  Children enjoy using mirrors to see all sides of an object … READ MORE

Learning with Rocks!

  I just read an article by David Elkind titled Preschool Academics: Learning What Comes Naturally and it reaffirmed what we here at The Adventurous Child have been saying all along, outdoor play is truly one of the best ways … READ MORE

Learning on the Playground

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” I love this quote from author Diane Ackerman.  It always reminds me that time outside is valuable for so much more than simply burning off energy.  Preschool playground equipment offers  endless opportunities … READ MORE

How to talk to children about 9/11

9/11 was an event that touched all Americans through a loss of their sense of security.  10 years later, images of the aftermath still stir emotions in the minds and hearts of us all.  When the topic comes up, and … READ MORE