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Open-Ended Play

Emergent WritersWhen 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… Continue reading Open-Ended Play

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Guided Learning

     This week I have been reflecting on the learning and teaching process and thinking about what it means to support children as they learn.  This post is about what guided learning means to me. I will also describe the influence educators and learning philosophies have on my beliefs about learning and teaching. Guided… Continue reading Guided Learning

Child Friendly Home

Connecting with my Kids

     I've written a few posts about taking time to slow down and spending quality time together with my kids.  In this post I would like to share how we as a family spend time together and how we spend quality one-to-one time with each of our three kids.      One of reasons,… Continue reading Connecting with my Kids

Museums with Kids

Tips for Visiting Art Museums with Kids

     I know it is not easy to visit art museums with kids, especially young kids.  We visit natural history and science museums a lot more often than art museums but I love art and have wanted to instill an appreciation for not only making art at home but also for looking at art.… Continue reading Tips for Visiting Art Museums with Kids

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Building Number Sense

     Hello!  This is just a quick blog post about helping your child build number sense.  People who have number sense can use numbers flexibly.  They rely on their understanding of numbers and quantities to solve computation problems.  Children can strengthen their number sense by engaging in fun games and activities that provide the opportunity… Continue reading Building Number Sense

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Prehistoric Art

     In my last post Learning About Art, I wrote a summary about our study of western art in preparation for visiting museums in Europe.  Before sharing my thoughts on visiting museums with kids and looking at Modern art, it would be helpful to see how we studied each art period or artist.  … Continue reading Prehistoric Art

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Learning About Art

     We spent three weeks this summer exploring Europe with the kids.  Before our trip, the kids and I spent about two weeks studying the artist and art works we would see during our trip.   The time we devoted to our art study was well worth it. The kids were able to identify art works… Continue reading Learning About Art

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Back-to-School

      After a wonderful summer of travel, we are back home finding ourselves adjusting to the back-to-school routine.  When I last wrote an entry the kids and I were spending time learning about art.  We took time to learn about Renaissance artists form Florence, Impressionist, Post-Impressionists and Modern art in preparation for our trip… Continue reading Back-to-School

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Summer Days and Learning at Home

When school gets out, the kids and I spend the first week or two of summer vacation unscheduled.  There are no camps, classes, or planned activities for the day.  We hardly even leave the house during the day. I need these couple weeks to slow down and recharge as well.  It is during these slow… Continue reading Summer Days and Learning at Home

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Multi-Sensory Learning at Home

When I think about the ways kids learn and the way an environment can support learning, I am reminded about the importance of providing kids with materials that can help them visualize a concept or an idea they are working on.  Many of us are visual learners and creating a visual to represent a concept… Continue reading Multi-Sensory Learning at Home