Open-Ended Play

When children play freely they make sense of the world, they explore, experiment, and problem solve.  Mr. Rogers said, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."       There are many different kinds of play children… Continue reading Open-Ended Play

Exploring Shapes and Making Connections

This summer we will be spending almost three weeks in Europe.  We are starting our trip in the Swiss Alps then spending time in Florence, Paris and finally Ireland. (Where we get to visit friends we miss greatly.)  I hope to prepare the kids for the art and architecture they will encounter on the trip.… Continue reading Exploring Shapes and Making Connections

Space, Clay and Learning

My six-year-old has developed an interest in space.  He specifically asked to know more about the people who first landed on the moon.  I looked around our house for our space books and displayed them in our learning space for him to look at and read. On Wednesday he signed up to go the public… Continue reading Space, Clay and Learning

Influences

I noticed early on that my children were curious and passionate about specific topics. Taking time to observe them as they play or to listen them talk about their interests allows me to choose materials that invite them to further explore and learn about a topic.  Their intense curiosity is what prompted me to provide them with… Continue reading Influences