Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

It’s OK NOT to Share Section 4a: Kids, Power, and Action (Part 1)

It was not lost on me that I read most of this section while my three oldest boys, dressed as ninjas, ran in and out of the room, engaged in an ongoing sword fight/kidnapping plot/tickle war with my husband. As … Continue reading

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Secrets of the Fearless Mess-Makers

“You’re so brave.” It’s something I’ve heard from many parents, both as a teacher a parent myself.  Usually, they were referring to the fact that I had just set out a bin full of colored rice for toddlers to play … Continue reading

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 3a: Sharing Toys

Remember how you raised your eyebrows and squirmed a bit when you heard the title, “It’s OK NOT to Share”?  (OK, maybe some of you didn’t even bat an eye.) As adults, we know the value of being altruistic, selfless, … Continue reading

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Quick Thought: Play to Learn

Just a quick thought for today: Play is powerful.  It’s the process of authentic learning in action.  Children play with new ideas, with social rules, and with just about any random item they can get their hands on.  It’s an … Continue reading

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Book Activity: Horton Hears a Who

Horton Hears a Who is a Dr. Seuss classic, with revived interest from the younger generation thanks to Hollywood.  This story is a great tale of the commitment and unselfishness of Horton, and the importance of cooperation and individual contribution … Continue reading

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Dice Play that Teaches Kids Numeracy

I am a passionate believer in play as the best method for teaching young children.  And sometimes, the kids teach me a little something through play as well! Part of a play-based learning philosophy is having materials that will invite … Continue reading

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Trying to Get Kids to Play Independently? Here’s What you Need to Know.

How do I get my kids to play independently? It almost seems like a silly question at first.  I mean, kids are programed to play, right? But many factors that are commonplace in childhood today are making it difficult for … Continue reading

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15 Fun Activities for 3 Year Olds!

Huge thanks to Rachel from Kids Activities Blog. She compiled these Activities for 3 Year olds as part of a guest post today. We have 3, yes 3 three year olds in our home. We are a mixed family and … Continue reading

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