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.
Community Playthings is a company in upstate New York that specializes in furniture and toys for early Childhood Education. The company was started by a small cooperative community called Macedonia in 1947. This community joined the Bruderhof Community near Rifton, New York in the 1950’s and Community Playthings has been providing quality toys and furniture for both the Bruderhof Community and the world ever since.