Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes – Natural Materials

Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes
What are loose parts? Simple, movable, open-ended, engaging, imaginative, and creative materials that produce major outcomes! There are endless possibilities and benefits of implementing loose parts into your classroom and outside on the playground. Check out some natural loose parts to include in your learning environment.

Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes – Synthetic Materials

Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes
What are loose parts? Simple, movable, open-ended, engaging, imaginative, and creative materials that produce major outcomes! There are endless possibilities and benefits of implementing loose parts into your classroom and outside on the playground. Check out some synthetic loose parts to include in your learning environment.

My Top 10 Resources for Curriculum Planning

Looking for ideas when writing curriculum for your early childhood classroom? Check out 10 of my favorite “go-to” resources. This is not an all-inclusive list, but these are books I use often and recommend frequently.

A Childhood is Not Complete without Play

I love this video. I share it a lot. I mean A LOT! If you haven’t seen it yet, take time and watch as Dr. Peter Gray so eloquently explains how the decline of play increases anxiety, depression, and narcissism in children and adolescents.

I get asked frequently by parents of young children how can they help their child get ahead? My answer is play.  Just let them play. Encourage play. Allow for good, old fashioned, screen-free play. Unfortunately, it is not the answer everyone is looking for. It seems too simple to be true. As a result, children are not getting the opportunities they need and deserve to play and because of that, they are actually lagging behind.  Don’t believe me? Watch the video!

 

My Top 10 Professional Resource Books for Early Childhood Professionals (as of today…)

    In no particular order ….
  1. The Intentional Teacher by Ann Epstein
  2. The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
  3. Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Programs edited by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp
  4. So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing by Judith Schickedanz and Molly Collins
  5. Room to Grow: How to Create Quality Early Childhood Environments edited by Margaret Puckett
  6. Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood by Diane Levin
  7. The Values Book: Teaching 16 Basic Values to Young Children by Pam Schiller and Tamera Bryant
  8. The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias
  9. In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong
  10. The Power of Observation by Judy Jablon, Amy Laura Dombro, and Margo Dichtelmiller

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