How do children learn social-emotional skills through jumping? The benefits of physical play, part 2. Advertisements
What do children learn through physical play? I recently wrote about the benefits of physical play on my organization’s educator blog, check it out!
Child are natural born scientists. Yes, we may have heard that, but what does it mean? As do scientists, children learn through experimentation, through developing and testing theories, through interactions with their natural environment, through careful observation, and through imitation. This exploration is called play. From the earliest age of infancy, children learn about their … Continue reading How Children Learn—Spoiler Alert: They Learn Naturally.
“We’re underestimating kids in terms of their enormous capacity to be thoughtful and reflective, and, I would argue, that’s because we’re not giving them enough time to play and to be in relationships with others.” In her interview, Erika Christakis’ discusses the plight of modern preschool in America, how academics are pushing their way into … Continue reading “What Kids Need from Grown-Ups (but Aren’t Getting)”
Is it good for your children’s development to play with them? In what ways is it good for them? In what ways can it interfere with their development? What can children learn from you, and what can you learn from them? In what ways can playing with your child be fun and effective for both … Continue reading Should I Play With My Child?
I work in a private, Reggio-inspired school in Seattle, WA, where I teach in the three-year-old classroom. Many of my stories are inspired by, or based on, my experiences there. The other day in our classroom, we were all sitting down and eating lunch when one girl, determined to open her own container of apples, … Continue reading Unlimited Apples
At my job, I spend a lot of my time watching kids play, explore, socialize, talk, and discover. In the words of Maria Montessori, “play is children’s work.” But even more than that, play is a child’s way of exploring the world, and play is work that they truly love. Children’s play—or “games” as we call … Continue reading What Does It Mean?