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Cover of This Is Play: Environments and Interactions that Engage Infants and Toddlers
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This Is Play: Environments and Interactions that Engage Infants and Toddlers

With its spot-on ideas and suggestions, delightful anecdotes, and engaging photos, you’ll gain a new appreciation for infants’ and toddlers’ competence and curiosity and how important your role is in the birth-to-3 adventure.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill, Aarti Subramaniam, Janet Thompson
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Two young girls at the lake scooping water into buckets
Blog
August 6, 2019

Gone Fishing

I think about being a parent and a teacher and observing children. Even experts can forget that there is a time to model and guide, and also a time to give space for the kind of learning that happens with uninterrupted play and exploration.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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Three children looking at leaves
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August 6, 2019

Connecting our Nature Walks to the Classroom

If the environment is the third teacher, there is no better classroom environment than the outdoors. I use our experiences and my notes and pictures as inspiration for our curriculum.

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Authored by: Daniela Silver
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Father and daughter doing math activities
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila: Maneras divertidas y fáciles de jugar con la matemática en casa

Los niños tienden a imitar las actitudes de los padres sobre la matemática. Cuando juegue a estos juegos, ¡diviértase! Si se divierte, los niños también se divertirán. Trabajar en un desafío es también lo que hace que se disfruten los juegos.

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Authored by: Jessica Mercer Young, Kristen E. Reed
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Colorful swings
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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila: Lo que los padres deben saber sobre el juego

El juego apoya el aprendizaje de los niños de muchas maneras. Asegúrese de que su hijo tenga tiempo para jugar y de esta forma promueve el desarrollo cognitivo, del lenguaje, de la alfabetización, físico, social y emocional.

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Authored by: Laurel Bongiorno
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Two children measuring a tree
Blog
July 11, 2019

How to Create a Forest Classroom Experience

Here are some tips to help you create meaningful forest experiences for the children in your care—no outdoor classroom required!

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Authored by: Daniela Silver
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Children sitting in woods
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Young Children
May 1, 2019

From Fear to Freedom: Risk and Learning in a Forest School (Voices)

As an outdoor educator and “nature elder,” Heather Taylor tells two stories that stretched her personal views of what it means to allow children to have the freedom to make their own choices as they study nature.

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Authored by: Heather B. Taylor
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Tinkering objects
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April 22, 2019

Making and Tinkering at Home

Read about how this author helped her 4-year-old daughter create a tinkering space at home.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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Family reading a book
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

Growing Little Storytellers

When children learn the art of telling stories, it makes them smarter—giving them a head start on success in school and life.

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Authored by: Ronald F. Ferguson, Tatsha Robertson
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Two girls playing with lily pad math game
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

Play Games, Learn Math! Number Path Games

Number path games, when played like board games, are ideal for helping preschool children learn math.

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Authored by: Kristen E. Reed, Jessica Mercer Young
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Teacher and student at a preschool in the park
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

Preschool in the Park: Place-Based Learning in Unexpected Spaces

Schools like Tiny Trees that offer place-based education rely on the surrounding landscape to teach life skills, such as staying warm and contributing to the community.

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Authored by: Rachel J. Franz
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Teacher observes as child paints artwork
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Young Children
March 1, 2019

A Guided, Exploration-Based Visual Arts Program for Preschoolers

This article describes a program that combines exploratory art experiences with intentional teaching moments and offers suggestions for how teachers can organize their own programs.

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Authored by: X. Christine Wang, Keely Benson, Corinne Eggleston, Bin Lin
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Serious Fun! Online Module

Serious Fun! is an online module that highlights the importance of, and difference between guided play and free play.
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