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Kisha Reid
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The Play Belongs To The Child
Real play opens the doors to the kind of learning the sticks. The learning that is so deeply embedded in a person that it becomes who they are. Real play is guided by a force from within each child. I liken me setting that up for them as another way we adul...
The Play Belongs To The Child
The Play Belongs To The Child
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GOT JUNK?
GOT JUNK? The beauty of a child-lead classroom is that the children set up their own learning. We, the adults provide an environment rich with open-ended loose parts and allow the children to explore, play, and imagine their many uses. Permission, time, spa...
GOT JUNK?
GOT JUNK?
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A Seed Of Inquiry
By: Kisha Reid " It has a ladybug head, face.. without the dots" "Yeah, but it looks like it has...." "It's some sort of beetle" "Caterpillar" Children ran from stump to stump flipping them on their side then squatting down softly brushing mulch and dirt to...
A Seed Of Inquiry
A Seed Of Inquiry
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What Our Garden Grows
One of the richest learning experiences we share at our school is the making, caring for, and harvesting of our school garden. The experience is owned by the children from the very beginning. Long before any seed is carefully placed into the ground our gard...
What Our Garden Grows
What Our Garden Grows
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Neuro-Diversity: It's a Thing
By Becky Gamache  She blows into our house each day like a tornado.  Backpack, jacket, socks, clothes hurtled in separate directions until she’s reduced to underpants.   She can tell you what the teacher talked about in school that day and if it’s interesti...
Neuro-Diversity: It's a Thing
Neuro-Diversity: It's a Thing
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In The Process Of Trying
By Kisha Reid  Trust in the natural development of children through play means that we allow that learning to be theirs, give them the full control of the process and how they internalize the learning they take away from "their" play. Many higher level conc...
In The Process Of Trying
In The Process Of Trying
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Hijacking Play
By Kisha Reid  The other day two of the boys in my group spent the majority of the day in the mud kitchen, They filled pots and pans with natural loose parts, packed in dirt, rocks, and water into muffin tins and worked long and hard planning a party comple...
Hijacking Play
Hijacking Play
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Why The Box
By Emily Plank It’s a well-worn theme of childhood that children would rather play with the boxes in which their toys were packaged than to play the toys themselves. But why? Why the box? The answer lies in one of the primary functions of play in children’s...
Why The Box
Why The Box
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Mirror Image
By Lakisha Reid Children are born scientists. From day one they study the world around them. First and foremost in their world are their parents. They hear our voices from the womb, they connect with our heart beat, our sleep schedules, and enter the world ...
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Mirror Image
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It's a collaborative work that pushed me to the limit of my comfort zone, but I did some self-talk as I noticed the deeply engaged children exploring the paint in ways that are natural for children. They were in a state of mind only reached while in play, ...
Play Empowers
Play Empowers
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