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We Need Big Healthy Fun!

We Need Big Healthy Fun!

Despite the proven benefits to a child’s development, physical play is vastly disappearing. Recess has been increasingly reduced and replaced by test preparation and, in fact, physical play for children has decreased by 50 percent over the last forty years. Our...
Recess – Get Outside and Play to Learn More Inside

Recess – Get Outside and Play to Learn More Inside

Thanks to rising academic standards and education reform, time set aside for play during the school day continues to be cut in favor of extended class time. Unlike structured classes, including physical education, recess allows for free, child-led play and is...
Reading Helps Makes Sense of Our Lives

Reading Helps Makes Sense of Our Lives

Reading broadly and avidly, helps us make sense of our own lives, and the lives of others. This is especially true for young children, who have less real world  experience, and less ability to control many of the aspects of their daily lives. Reading books can inspire...
Interdependence:  Relying on Others & Working Together

Interdependence: Relying on Others & Working Together

When your child is around other children, have you ever noticed them carefully watching what another may be doing and then doing something almost exactly the same just moments later? Perhaps they are watching someone put together an elaborate Lego sculpture and then...
Cultivate an Open Mind in Your Children

Cultivate an Open Mind in Your Children

If we were to ask adults, “What is this?”   most people would say a black dot. Well, they might also call it a circle, a period, a blob or polka dot too. Show children the same black dot and ask, “What is this?” and you will hear boundless possibilities. A pupil. A...

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