Exploratory Learning Experiences

Exploratory Learning Experiences

Exploratory learning experiences are all about curiosity! They engage kids in hands-on investigation of materials, ideas, and concepts. During these experiences, kids get to...

Receptive and Expressive Language

Receptive and Expressive Language

Language is an important part of development, and it’s not just about the ability to say words. Expressive and receptive language skills are both required for...

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Learning new things is easier for kids when the new part connects to something they already know a little bit about. When kids can connect their own experiences and...

Reciprocal Relationships

Reciprocal Relationships

In a reciprocal relationship, each person is equally respected and valued. The relationship is balanced so that both people feel seen and heard. When you engage in a...

What Confidence Looks Like in Kids

What Confidence Looks Like in Kids

What Does Confidence Look Like in Kids? Developing self-confidence begins at birth, and it starts with building trust. When babies feel safe and secure, they trust the...

Curiosity Leads to Confidence

Curiosity Leads to Confidence

Confidence comes from who we believe and know ourselves to be, and what we believe and know we can do. This belief and this knowledge come from having experiences, and by...

10 Things Kids Learn Playing With Blocks

10 Things Kids Learn Playing With Blocks

Blocks are both a great learning tool and toy for kiddos! Here are a few things they learn when they play with blocks:  Imagination Self-Esteem Science Skills Math...

5 Ways to Play in the Mud

5 Ways to Play in the Mud

Help your kids connect to their world – by playing in the mud!  Mud may be messy, but it's also a raw, everyday material that offers unique, hands-on sensory...

Benefits Of Water Play

Benefits Of Water Play

There are so many benefits to playing in water for kids!  Here are a few reasons why!    You can download this printable HERE.

Curious Minds Domain

Curious Minds Domain

When kids are curious, they are eager to explore and learn. The Curious Minds Domain of Development encompasses concepts, skills and actions that help kids explore,...

The Domains of Development

The Domains of Development

The Domains of Development   Growing and learning go hand in hand. As young children learn and grow, interact with the world around them, and begin to understand...

Cultivating Creative Expression

Cultivating Creative Expression

By incorporating a variety of materials that foster creativity into the spaces where your kids spend their time, you’ll enable your kids to express themselves, deepen their...

6 Ways to Play – With Sheets!

6 Ways to Play – With Sheets!

Play, learn, imagine, and grow with your kids using a single sheet and things you already have around the house.

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play Give your children time for play and you will see all they are capable of doing when given the opportunity. Children learn...

The Six Cs of Playtime

The Six Cs of Playtime

The Six Cs of Playtime It’s never “just play,” it’s learning. Learning that emerges through play is deep and meaningful to children because they have shaped it themselves....

Outdoor Play and the Domains of Development

Outdoor Play and the Domains of Development

The American Academy of Pediatrics says lots of unstructured outdoor play is critical to the health of children. That’s because outdoor play benefits children in every...

5 Benefits of Playing Outside

5 Benefits of Playing Outside

Kids should play outside! Here are 5 reasons why. When kids are given unstructured time to play alone or with other children, especially outdoors, they make up their own...

5 Ways to Support Kids Self Expression

5 Ways to Support Kids Self Expression

Here are 5 ways you can encourage your child to express themselves. ART Encourage your kids to try different art forms and artistic mediums. STYLE Let your kids pick out...

7 Developmental Benefits of the Arts

7 Developmental Benefits of the Arts

Simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development, including cognitive, social and emotional skills. Here are seven ways participation in the...

Nurture Their Curiosity

Nurture Their Curiosity

Curiosity is a desire to learn, an eagerness to explore, discover, and figure things out. Nurturing your child's curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help...

25 Questions to Spark Curiosity

25 Questions to Spark Curiosity

Spark your child's curiosity and imagination by asking them one of these open-ended questions. Jon the fun by coming up with your own answers as well! Download this FREE...

5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child’s Day

5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child’s Day

Math is everywhere. That’s great news for parents, because we can talk with our kids about math in fun, natural ways. And that kind of math-talk is really important. Studies...

How to Support your Child’s Curiosity

How to Support your Child’s Curiosity

Have you ever noticed your child watch a truck driving by or pick up a ladybug? That is an example of how your child develops thinking skills. Young children...

How Curiosity Leads to Learning

How Curiosity Leads to Learning

"WHAT'S THIS?"   At 3 months, Tessa has good control over her neck muscles. Sitting on her mother's lap, she turns her head slowly from side to side to...

Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity

The more curious a child is, the more he learns. Nurturing your child’s curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help her become a lifelong learner. Babies are...

Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best?

Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best? It is Ella’s first birthday, and her mom is excited. She places a brightly wrapped present in front of Ella and tears just a small portion of...

Help Your Child Become a Great Problem Solver

Preschoolers who can solve their own problems feel confident and enjoy learning. They are willing to make mistakes and learn from them and keep trying until they succeed....

Explore the Great Outdoors with Your Child

Children are natural explorers. Set some basic boundaries, and let the child discover. The learning will come. Children use all of their senses to explore. They look and...