Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

The Smartest Kids in the World…and What the US Could Learn from Them

I read a fascinating book this summer.  (And by read, I once again mean that I listened on Audible.)  So fascinating, in fact, that I keep thinking and talking about it months later. The Smartest Kids in the World: And … Continue reading

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Can Kids Learn in a Negative Environment?

You’ve likely seen the video by now.  (It’s inching toward one million views.)  The toddler with those sweet cheeks lights up as the experimenter passes the toy across the table.  The toddler plays with the parts as he’s seen the … Continue reading

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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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