Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

Standing Up for Children and Childhood: If Not YOU, Then Who?

A week ago I had the tremendous pleasure of being a keynote speaker at Arkansas State University’s ECE conference.  I met some absolutely wonderful people there and had a fantastic experience getting to know many people and seeing childhood from … Continue reading

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Looking for More STEM? Here’s How You Actually Inspire Your Child’s Mind

There’s so much I like about Verizon’s new “Inspire Her Mind” commercial (seen below and here), but something about it left me feeling unsettled.

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TinkerLab DrawBot: Simple STEM Fun for Kids!

This may be my “Cool, Mom!” highlight of the summer! And it only cost about $5 in parts! After reading about the Draw Bot in Rachelle Doorley’s inspiring book, TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors(*affiliate link), I knew that … Continue reading

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TinkerLab Book Blog Tour: Q&A with Rachelle Doorley

   Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, if you’re interested in promoting creativity, problem solving, curiosity, critical thinking, and tinkering in the lives of the children you love and teach, then get ready —- you’re going to love Rachelle … Continue reading

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How To Turn Photography Into A Personalized Learning Opportunity With Your Kids – Part 2

Here’s the promised second installment from the fabulous Beryl Young, creator of Momtographie*.  (Find Part 1 here.)

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How To Turn Photography Into A Personalized Learning Opportunity With Your Kids

I’m so excited to introduce you to one amazing woman who wears many hats!  Beryl Young is a mom, teacher, photographer, and the brains behind the amazing Momtographie workshop.  She’s here to share some great tips for helping kids experience, … Continue reading

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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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