Play is Enough

Play

A teacher friend that I just told about the blog shared with me that she knew what to do with preschool aged children, but was wondering if she was doing enough with her infant son.   It was such a touching moment in an otherwise rushed conversation. Z’s mama was essentially telling me that she […]

Preserving Time for Children to Observe Their World

Observation

  Last week, we went on a hike with a few friends. While we were getting ready to start our walk, a couple of children played nearby, greeting each other and chatting. A friend offhandedly mentioned that her son ” . . .  is an observer”  after he declined an invitation to play with a […]

Balancing the Curriculum

Nature walk egg

Yesterday, I sat looking at the girls’ toy shelves and was noting a lack of balance in our materials. I was looking for science materials in particular, an area I tend to overlook. That’s the thought that started the spiral of self-doubt. How can I provide them with a more balanced experience? A provocation perhaps? […]

Emergent Curriculum At Home

coverup

If I watch closely, I am seeing little embers of interests that have the potential to transform into threads of curriculum experiences for Greysen. Emergent curriculum is the idea that children learn best when their learning is self-directed. That is, their learning opportunities are based on their interests and ideas. This idea, coupled with my […]