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Kisha Reid
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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, ...

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There is some very interesting play is going on around pipes. This arched piece has baffled a few. Its shape makes it attractive and also makes it difficult to handle. Once the child is able to successfully connect it to another pipe, they then attempt to i...

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Not A School
By Kisha Reid  If you listen to my podcast, Dirty Playologist, you may have listened to the episode called "NOT A School" It's the one where I tell the story of an angry parent who shouts out to me... THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL! The most ironic part was that she ...

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Let Loose!
Bits and Pieces of Loose and Lost parts are all the rage right now at Discovery Early Learning Center .  Treasure hunting is what the children are calling it and it's filled with imagination, detailed storylines, and loose parts as props to extend the narra...
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