Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

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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Quick Thought: Never Stop Playing

I recently taught a day-long workshop for a fantastic group of early childhood educators on intentional teaching and the power of play.  In preparing for that, I spent a lot of time reading Dr. Stuart Brown’s book,Play: How it Shapes … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Spoke to The Earth — Dreamling Books

There is something about a good picture book that really gets me really excited.  It makes me want to tell everyone about it immediately.   (OK, honestly it makes me want to purchase it immediately, then it makes me want … Continue reading

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Resources for Defending Childhood

My voice is nearly gone.  The combination of a cold I picked up snuggling my sniffling 5 year old earlier in the week, together with three 1 1/2 hour presentations given in less than 24 hours time, has dropped my … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s been a wild year!  The past 12 months have tossed our family quite a few transitions.  With a new job position for my husband, a new state for our family, and a new construction project to turn into a … Continue reading

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It’s OK NOT to Share: The Wrap Up

One of the most amazing aspects of blogging has been the realization that there are REAL people behind those author bylines on articles, posts, and books. Getting to know those real people is one of my favorite parts of this … Continue reading

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Book Review: 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids

Asia Citro of Fun at Home with Kids has compiled a fantastic new book, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! With one little kindergartener home from school with a cough, we were in that “too-sick-for-school but feeling-to-good-to-just-rest” … Continue reading

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Why Play Pretend When We’re Trying to Build Readers?

I noticed my 2 1/2 year old walking around the back yard the other day with a small rectangular rock nestled in the palm of his hand.  I watched as he excitedly moved it around as he energetically bounded around … Continue reading

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