The Power of Playing and Struggle

By Milly Camaren Growing is about playing and struggling. When problems arrive, whether we solve them or not, is not the point. The magic of it is the struggle. The growth that conflict brings and the connections that children make in finding the solution, or just thinking and reflecting about cause and effect, matters. As [...]

Slow Down and Connect

By Rebecca Sadler Part of our classroom philosophy is slowing down. Whether it is our curriculum or our bodies, being mindful of what we are doing is very important. Through the connections we make during the day we can grow, but we need time to honor them. This mindfulness of slowing down and really taking [...]

Children Are Capable

By Matt Emmons Children are all on their own path. Whatever path they are on, or wherever they are in their journey, children do what they can with what they have. The knowledge or skills they have are acquired, and they have learned to use them in ways that work for them. As adults, we [...]

Seasonally Speaking: Cherimoya

By Sean Forsha For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of writing these Seasonally Speaking columns is doing the research. I love falling helplessly into the rabbit holes of information only to resurface hours later with little shining nuggets of trivial knowledge. Such was my recent experience while looking into cherimoya, an exotic, tropical [...]

The Rhythm of Life

By Alexis Masingill Rhythm-Rhythm generally means a "movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions" (Anon. 1971) One of the elements that I wanted to bring to this special place was the gift of drumming. The intent of bringing in a few hand drums from my [...]