Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

Before They Write: Fine Motor Foundation

“Way before we put a pencil in a child’s hand and ask him to write, we need to have a foundation of fine motor skills.” I could tell right away that while I thought I had said something simple, it … Continue reading

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The Powerful Purpose Behind Playing Pretend

One of my favorite moments during my last Powerful Play workshop was talking with the table of teachers who were doing their in-depth study on dramatic play.  With wide eyes and excited tones they made connections between the play they … Continue reading

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Teaching Children the Way They’re Meant to Learn: Read Along Section One –What if Everybody Understood Child Development?

“Developmentally Appropriate Practice” Bring that term up in a room full of early childhood educators, and you’d better get comfy.  They’ll have a lot to say on the matter.  But bring that term up with just about anyone who is … Continue reading

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Join the Read Along: What if Everybody Understood Child Development?

When I first read Rae Pica’s piece, What if Everybody Understood Child Development?, as it was shared in the Huffington Post a few years ago, I wanted to hold up a printed copy and shout from my rooftop:  “THIS!  THIS … Continue reading

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Science Time for Curious Kids

In our school district, there’s a late start day each week to allow for teacher prep.  If I’m on my mommy A-game, I like to use this little extra bubble of time to do some hands-on science activities with my … Continue reading

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Book Plus! Book-Based Gifts for Kids (of All Ages)

Book Plus.  It’s my favorite formula for gift giving.  Find a stellar book, add another meaningful item and you have a winning combination. Books have always felt so powerful to me.  They awakens something in children.  In all of us.  … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Using Photography to Document Childhood at School or at Home

Hello, friends! I want you to meet someone who truly inspires me.  Beryl Young is a fantastic photographer and an amazing person.  She asked how she might be able to help out readers of Not Just Cute, and I suggested … Continue reading

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Spinach and Easter Grass: Revisiting a First Friday Q&A

In last month’s First Friday Q&A, I talked about why quality preschool is so valuable, with the caveat that hanging a shingle that says PRESCHOOL and congregating with children, is not enough to qualify for the benefits early education has … Continue reading

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