Failure--everyone experiences it. It can be in the form of not getting that sought-after job or promotion; or not making the varsity team; or failing to follow through with your New Year's resolutions. Failure is a part of LIFE. The big question though is: How do you react to failure; yours and/or your child’s? It’s no secret I’m a zealot when it comes to PLAY. The POWER of PLAY impacts all facets of a child’s life—now and in the future! Parents need to set up as many PLAY opportunities for … [Read more...]
PopUP PLAY Date for Preschoolers
“Will you be here tomorrow?” Words from the mamas that had brought their kiddos out to my PopUP PLAY Date at the Kingsgate Library. Well, I wouldn’t be doing another one the very next day, but it DID make me feel good to know they’d have wanted that! A couple of the Moms went to the info desk to share how much they loved the event (sadly the librarians did not show any enthusiasm: “It’s not a library program.” Hmm, maybe it SHOULD be!!) Mr Teacher Karen is pathologically objective—trying to … [Read more...]
PLAY ON! Open-Ended PLAY: Why Your Child NEEDS It!
Providing open-ended PLAY experiences for the preschool kiddos was extremely important to me. My belief, one strongly backed by research, is PLAY is the natural, and organic way young children learn. Additionally, I know PLAY addresses all areas of a child’s development. I’d go so far as to say it lays the foundation for a child’s overall success now and later! Read on why offering open-ended PLAY activities takes their PLAY to another level. Stages of PLAY Children go through various … [Read more...]
The Night Sky
Not too long ago there were seven (7!) new Earth-sized planets discovered! They orbit around their own 'sun' but don't appear to have any moons. Of course, at a distance of approximately 40 light years away, these planets probably aren’t going to be visited by humans any time soon. Recall 1 light year is a shy 6 trillion miles. That would put these planets 6,000,000,000,000 miles! But we can use this discovery to spark an interest in our NIGHT SKY! Over the Moon About Books... There are some … [Read more...]