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Toys and Play by Cynthia Aldinger

When we are creating a work space – an office, a classroom, a retail establishment – there are certain tools we need for specific tasks. We wouldn’t normally think of using a hammer to screw a socket into the wall or a screwdriver to drive a nail into a cabinet. We try to find the …

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We Can Do It (Leaving our Children in Capable Hands) by Jennifer Stone Grimes

My oldest child never went to daycare.  When he started school in 2005, he was barely 4 years old and entering Pre-Kindergarten.  Pre-kindergarten is for 3’s turning 4, so he was right on target.  A few days before the start of school, I actually tracked down his teacher’s home phone number and called her.  I …

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All are Welcome by Jaimmie Stugard

People all over the country have been protesting the travel ban that prohibits people from certain countries from traveling to the United States. There has been so much talk of building a wall to separate our nation from the “others” that the school age children in my life are expressing fears and asking questions. The me …

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The Importance of Self-Movement and Reflex Integration by Rose Reis-Jackson

“During the first period of life, the child imitates all that goes on in its surroundings in a bodily-religious way.” Steiner, Understanding Young Children, Walking, Speaking, Thinking. Our sense of movement gives us awareness of our muscles and joints. When children sit, stand, and move about at their own pace, they are developing their proprioception …

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Importance of Natural Play Spaces for Children and Connecting with Nature by Audra Harvey

Audra writes: What if playgrounds were natural landscapes where children explore their outdoor surroundings and create their own play structures?  What if children’s crafts were inspired by nature and made from natural materials?  Can you imagine a world where the forest is a child’s classroom?  What if a child’s curiosity was fueled by the world …

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