When our dog, Cole died in 2014, my husband and I were devastated. He was such a great dog. He was a black mutt, part border collie, part lab, maybe some chow chow or some cocker spaniel, who knows? My husband and his youngest daughter found him in a box of other puppies in a Safeway parking lot with a sign that said, “Free Puppies”.
When I was a senior in high school, I took a weekend college class run by the local college on winter wilderness survival. It was held at a camp located in the Southern Colorado Rocky Mountains at an elevation of about 9000 feet above sea level. It was a cold, snowy three days in January. January, my friends, we were camping in January!
Today we have a foot of snow on the ground and more coming down. It reminds me of a favorite science and art activity.
This activity can be expanded into the outdoors and covers several developmental bench marks.
I have heard a lot of controversy surrounding the practice of teaching cursive writing to children. I have definite ideas on this subject!! Here is my rant on this important subject.
When I was growing up, my younger sister insisted she had met a ghost. She and her best friend would go and play in this abandoned house in the neighborhood (super dangerous and I should have reported it to Mom, but I didn’t). She insisted that a ghost lived there by the name of Marvin and that he would come out and talk to them.
Children need a great deal of unstructured play time. This is the time when their imaginations can soar. They learn to navigate the world around them, increase vocabulary, learn to negotiate with peers and interact with adults and many different materials. Remember, for young children everything is new! Everything we adults take for granted is an adventure into the unknown for the small child. During play time whether at home or at school, the children need to have the space, materials and encouragement to try new things and explore. Adults can play crucial roles in helping them develop new skills by integrating themselves into the child's play instead of directing the play. By letting the child direct the play, and asking questions, making observations and encouraging them the children can be guided to learn new skills, new vocabulary, many facts and understand many roles of the people, animals and plants in the world around them.