Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

Preschool Thematic Unit: Pets

  Whether you’re looking for activities as a full-time teacher, a group of co-opting preschool parents, or a parent with curious kids and an afternoon to fill, you’re in the right place! Find more Thematic Units here!

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Hot Topic: Is Preschool the Place for Play or for Academics?

There’s a long, worn-out battle over whether preschool should be play-based or academics-based.  The argument goes round and round with one side accusing the other of  ignoring proper child development, or failing to prepare children for the future, or selling … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Keep Toddlers Entertained While You Cook

If your toddler is anything like mine, you count yourself lucky to use the bathroom by yourself and emerge without finding lipstick on the carpet or a few books floating in the fish tank.  How do they move so fast?

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Remembering with Service

Have you ever wondered about including your children in remembering someone who has died? This past month, our family remembered my sister-in-law, Joyce, who passed away 6 years ago.  Many of us had talked about how hard it had been … Continue reading

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On Developmentally Appropriate Practice….And Why We Don’t Push Kids Down the Stairs

Toddlers can’t walk down the stairs with alternating steps.  They just can’t.  While your kindergartener bounds down the stairs taking each step in stride (or several in one super-hero bound, as mine is prone to do), your toddler will cling … Continue reading

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Thematic Unit: The Night Sky, Astronauts, and Outer Space

Whether you’re looking for activities as a full-time teacher, a group of co-opting preschool parents, or a parent with curious kids and an afternoon to fill, you’re in the right place!  Find more Thematic Units here!

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A Learner’s Creed

Remember my brilliant niece?  She’s now hitting the university grind as a future engineer.  For one of her classes she was asked to create a mission statement as a learner.  What she came up with inspired me, and I hope … Continue reading

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Teaching Your Child to Talk…There’s No App for That

You might be surprised how simple it is to support language development…..and set the stage for even more advantages in the future!

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