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Outdoor Play Is Essential to Whole Child Development | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC YC | Young Children Journal

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***Play Is Essential Series: Child Development***

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          All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. For young children, free play in nature is a powerful tool to spur physical, moral, and mental development. As the new school year begins, this essay from NAEYC is an important one for parent and teachers to read.

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Source: Outdoor Play Is Essential to Whole Child Development | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC YC | Young Children Journal

 

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Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play | Aeon Essays

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***Play Is Essential Series: Child Development and Play***

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          All human development and creativity emerge from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. This is the philosophical foundation for my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. One of the key problems with schooling today is the lack of play opportunities for children. This is an important essay by Professor Peter Gray of Boston College.

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Source: Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play | Aeon Essays

 

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Casa Sula – Environments for Life

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***Transforming Education Series: A Model in Costa Rica***

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           I recently discovered Casa Sula, a school in Costa Rica that draws on the lessons from a wide range of great schools models–Montessori, Waldorf, the forest school model, the unschooling movement, and certain aspects of Japanese primary education. It is the kind of primary/elementary school education I wish were available for all children. You may get some good ideas for your community from it.

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Source: Casa Sula – Environments for Life

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Education for Young People Everywhere!

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Including Music on the Playground

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***Play Is Essential Series: Music on the Playground***

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          This is an idea I absolutely love–put together the playground with music! This article from Play and Playgrounds shares ideas for including musical instruments in playgrounds, describes appropriate ones, and offers pictures of the instruments in playground settings. Think about including music in your local playground.

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The Creative Apothecary LOVES the Idea of Music in Playgrounds!

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13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

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***The Good Books Series: Children’s Books & Kindness***

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Courtesy of the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum

                  As we move into the summer vacation period, parents are always looking for good books for their children. This is a very helpful list of books that foster kindness and consideration for others as a child develops. Happy reading! And if you are anywhere near Amherst, MA visit the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum there.

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Source: 13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Wonderful Books for Children!

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Meet the world’s first professor of play | Higher Education Network | The Guardian

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***Play Is Essential Series: Lego Professor of Play***

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          The new Lego professorship and research center at Cambridge University are exciting developments. Today’s post from The Guardian is an article and interview with Paul Rachmandani, outlining the way forward in our understanding of the role of play in child development.

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Source: Meet the world’s first professor of play | Higher Education Network | The Guardian

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the New Center on Play at Cambridge University!

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World-leading academic appointed to lead play research centre | University of Cambridge

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***Play Is Essential Series: Lego Professor of Play***

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          All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. Play is especially important in the development of children. The Lego Foundation is funding a professorship and research center on play in child development at the University of Cambridge, England and the appointment of the first Lego Professor has just been announced. Today’s post is that announcement and it includes an excellent overview of the work of the new institute. This is a major step forward in understanding child development.

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Source: World-leading academic appointed to lead play research centre | University of Cambridge

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the New Lego Professorship of Play!

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5 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Support Montessori Teaching – Exploring your mind

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***Transforming Education Series: Montessori & Neuroscience***

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          It is no secret that I am a great admirer of Montessori education and a long-time critic of most current education here in the US.  I believe we need a complete transformation of our early childhood and K-12 systems. Today’s post is an important one and should be carefully considered by educators and policy makers in education.

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Source: 5 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Support Montessori Teaching – Exploring your mind

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Strengths of Montessori Education!

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Opportunity can be everything | WYPR

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***Music in Education Series: OrchKids Baltimore***

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          Regular readers of this curated information blog know that I am passionate about music in the schools and out for children. This report from WYPR introduces you to the wonderful OrchKids program of the Baltimore Symphony, with its partners in the Baltimore Public Schools and other community organizations. It is also part of the El Sistema network here in the US. Above all, admire what it is doing for the kids.

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Source: Opportunity can be everything | WYPR

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Music for Young People!

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4 Reasons To Ditch Academic Preschools | Janet Lansbury

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***Transforming Education Series: Early Childhood Education***

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           I am absolutely passionate about the need to transform early education: play must be the central focus because this is how children learn. Today’s post is an “oldie but goody” from Janet Lansbury and offers some cogent reasons why we should ditch the current bastardized academic model.

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Source: 4 Reasons To Ditch Academic Preschools | Janet Lansbury

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Play at the Heart of Early Education!

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