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Playful City USA | KaBOOM!

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***Play Is Essential Series: Cities Supporting Play***

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          All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. This is the philosophical foundation for my book Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. KaBOOM! has been looking at and supporting play in communities for many years. Their annual award for playful cities is a useful gauge of how seriously communities take the importance of play. Is your community in this year’s list?

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of KaBOOM! and Play for Children!

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No, Evolution Is Not Always Dog-Eat-Dog

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***Weekend IdeaFest Series: Power of Cooperation***

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          People, ideas, and organizations develop and evolve through cooperation as well as competition. This essay from Nautilus is a thoughtful reflection on the importance of cooperation in human and social development. The featured images are from the wonderful Story People series by artist Brian Andreas. Each one is a meditation in itself.

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Source: No, Evolution Is Not Always Dog-Eat-Dog

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Courtesy of Brian Andreas Story People

 

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Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human – Issue 1: What Makes You So Special – Nautilus

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***Ideas That Matter Series: The Basics of Being Human***

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         Nautilus is a treasure chest of ideas that make us think a little deeper than usual. Today’s post is essential reading amid the turbulence of the political and social world. Cooperation is not only basic to our being human, it is the bedrock of civil society and our ability to live together. Many of the stories I share on this blog are examples of people working together to make this a better world. The featured images are from the ever-wonderful Buddha Doodles.

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Source: Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human – Issue 1: What Makes You So Special – Nautilus

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Courtesy of Buddha Doodles

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates People Working Together!

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Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

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***The Weekend IdeaFest Series: Personal Development***

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          If you haven’t read Carol Dwek’s book, this comprehensive essay offers more than an introduction. It is an extended commentary with illustrations on the essence of the two mindsets presented in the book.You may find yourself wanting to read the entire book.

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Source: Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

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Children’s brains develop faster with music training | Knowridge Science Report

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***Music and Child Development, More Research***

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          The research that supports the importance of music in human development–in early childhood and beyond–continues to pile up. Today’s post reports on recent studies from neuroscientists at the University of Southern California. Thanks to the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC and Knowridge Science for sharing these results.

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“Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists. The Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at USC began the five-year study in 2012 in partnership with the […]”

Source: Children’s brains develop faster with music training | Knowridge Science Report

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in Music Education for All Children!

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The 11 Most Innovative, Beautiful, and Inspired Playgrounds on the Planet

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

          I love Play and Playgrounds–it is an industry publication that gives new meaning to the name. It is a treasure trove of information on all aspects of play for all ages, a true apothecary of play. In today’s post, Play and Playgrounds shares a story from a blog I didn’t know existed until now, Fatherly.  I will share information about Fatherly later this week. Enjoy this wonderful list and descriptions of outstanding playgrounds from around the world!

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“This article is part of Fatherly’s first annual 25 Best U.S. Cities For Kids to Play Outside.”

Source: The 11 Most Innovative, Beautiful, and Inspired Playgrounds on the Planet

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The Creative Apothecary Believes the Key to All Development Is Play!

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Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

     One of the education disasters of our time is the pushing down of academic approaches to preschool education. It will take generations for us to recover from this–and only if we recognize and change directions immediately. Montessori, Waldorf, and Emilia Reggio all provide models that can ease the transition. My book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” builds on our understanding that all human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing.

     This post from The Straits Times shares the results of a recent study by Professor Eva Reindl of the University of Birmingham’s (UK) School of Psychology. (Note: I spent two years at the University’s Shakespeare Institute in the 1960s.) The study is an important building block in the support for more person- and play-centered approach to early childhood education.

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“Europe News -PARIS (AFP) – Toddlers can figure out how to make and use simple tools without being taught, said a study Wednesday that defies conventional wisdom and earlier research.. Read more at straitstimes.com.”

Source: Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Play and Exploration for Children!