Month: February 2013

Snow Day

Remember when we all played outside until dark? and we had no idea what an app was? When the kids were happy with the snow just because? Polaroid

When it was ok to eat it?

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Eat a lot of it. For almost an hour.

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and it inspired all kinds of adventures like this exploration

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and snow angels were the most satisfying thing to make

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aside from snow men of course.

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and then there’s always the pretend chair lifts….

Lets get back to that. Even when there isn’t snow. Days like this are the best kind of day because we are using our imagination, and playing hard. Really playing. Just because:)

The Development of Play

Just when I start to wonder how I am going to merge my master’s degree in Kinesiology with my passion for teaching preschool, I find my answer. I am studying the History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education and I come to the chapter entitled: The Transformation of Physical Education 1900 – 1939. During this time is when we see the development of play theory and here is where I find my connection between my two passions, become completely re-inspired in my pursuit of this degree, and hopefully inspire you all too….

“Play and its natural extensions-games and sport-were the ideal mechanisms for development. Play has as much soul as body, and also why it makes for unity of body and soul that the proverb ‘man is whole only when he plays’ suggests that the purest plays are those that enlist both alike…Thus understood, play is the ideal type of exercise for the young, most favorable for the growth, and most self-regulating in both kind and amount. Furthermore, there are 811 human characteristics to be learned in the development of play activities of children”.

G. Stanley Hall (1844-1924) Psychologist and Educator, Leader in the Child Study Movement

“The importance of play in the physical development and education of the individual has become better recognized and appreciated year by year….It has been shown that normal play is not only important but also absolutely necessary to the normal development of boys or girls both physically and mentally, and morally as well. Play and the play spirit constitute perhaps the most important single element in growth and education: in fact, looked at broadly, play is the most serious thing in life“.

Paul Phillips, American Physical Education Review, 1912

President Obama makes a big pitch for Early Childhood Education in State of the Union Address

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“Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.

Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance.” – President Barack Obama

Loose, Movable Parts

We have a ton of rocks on our playground. Just big enough to be heavy and solid. Just small enough for 4 and 5 year olds to pick up and build with. We love them. Polaroid

We love them because they make great habitats for dinosaurs….

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MLS trophy stands……

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Campfire pits….

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and road blocks.

These rocks require some strong muscles and the kids work tirelessly carrying them and piling them up. It’s great exercise and inspires lots of teamwork. We love all that too.