NY Times: Preschool Without Walls

Preschool Without Walls By LILLIAN MONGEAUDEC. 29, 2015 SLIDE SHOW|8 Photos Learning ABC’s Under the Trees Learning ABC’s Under the Trees CreditMeryl Schenker SEATTLE — Three-year-old Desi Sorrelgreen’s favorite thing about his preschool is “running up hills.” His classmate Stelyn Carter, 5, likes to “be quiet and listen to birds — crows, owls and chickadees,”…

Artist Adrienne Wong: “Me on the Map” Project

Visit NEWORLD THEATRE HERE or read about the project below. ME ON THE MAP MOTM Promo Video from Neworld Theatre on Vimeo. May 25 to May 31 2015 at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival  “It is audacious to believe that the city might build happiness just by changing it’s shape. But it is foolish not to…

ASLA The Field: Making Nature Play Areas That Work

Read it here, or at The Field, ASLA MAKING NATURE PLAY AREAS THAT WORK November 10, 2015 — asla staff image: Andrea Weber Nature play has been in the news a lot in the past few years, but what does it really mean and how can you successfully introduce it into a public park setting if…

NYT Book Review: The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

Visit Jessica Lahey’s webpage here. Comments about the book: (Disclaimer: I haven’t read it!) “’The ugly and wonderful truth about middle school,’ [Lahey] says, is that ‘failure is not an if proposition, it’s a matter of when.’ Or it used to be. Now that parents shelter their children every step of the way, we have ‘failure…

Teacher Tom: Eleven Things to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Here’s the article, or visit Teacher Tom to read the original. Teacher Tom Teaching and learning from preschoolers Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Eleven Things To Say Instead Of “Be Careful” Share on gmailShare on tumblrShare on facebookShare on twitterMore Sharing Services95 In yesterday’s post, I riffed on what is popularly called “risky play,” what author and…

Richard Louv: “How Nature Can Help Civilize Our Cities”

Read it below, or the original at Children & Nature Network. HOW NATURE CAN HELP CIVILIZE OUR CITIES by Richard Louv | Nov 9, 2015 | Columns by Richard Louv, THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT | 0 comments About the Author Richard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization supporting…

NOLA.com: After Katrina, Kids Needed Places to Play: Darell Hammond

From NOLA.com By Contributing Op-Ed columnist on August 24, 2015 at 10:44 AM, updated August 24, 2015 at 11:11 PM Darell Hammond is the CEO of KaBOOM! “Ten years ago, I received a phone call from Ginny Reynolds in the days immediately following the disaster asking KaBOOM! to come to the Gulf Coast and assist…

12 Ways to Make Cities More Child Friendly by Chris Bruntlett

“For far too long, many people have considered family life and urban life as being mutually exclusive. That trend is slowly reversing, as more and more parents choose to raise their kids in urban areas. However, city builders often fail to consider their smallest, most vulnerable users. As Enrique Peñalosa famously said: “”Children are a…

Metropolis: Playtime

READ THE ORIGINAL HERE \METROPOLIS MAGAZINE / MARCH 2015 / PLAYTIME Playtime James Mollison’s latest book and exhibition capture playgrounds from around the world. Paul Makovsky Warren Lane Elementary Inglewood, Los Angeles In 2009, the photographer James Mollison was reflecting upon his Oxford school days when he realized that nearly everything he remembered happened on the playground—memories of games…

NPR: Kids’ Solo Playtime Unleashes “Free Range” Parenting Debate

“Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called “free-range parenting.” That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves….

Washington Post: How Schools Ruined Recess and Four Things Needed to Fix It

Read it here! How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/04/how-schools-ruined-recess-and-four-things-needed-to-fix-it/ By Valerie Strauss February 4 “A post I published last summer by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” continues to be popular today, as are two other related posts…

Denton RC: Kids and Adults work On Envisioning New Place to Play

RECREATING DREAMS http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20150212-recreating-dreams2.ece Kids and adults work on envisioning new place to play This week Denton kids helped the grown-ups design a new playground for South Lakes Park. They brainstormed in small groups and drew pictures. They offered classic suggestions for playground play, such as swings and monkey bars. Their ideas showed they understood the…

Bloomberg: Scientists Seeking to Save the World Find Best Technology is Trees

I love this article. And its headline. That technology we’ve been waiting for, that’s going to save the world? It’s here! But wait, it’s TREES. To read it on Bloomberg, click here… or just scroll to stay and read it here by Louise Downing (Bloomberg) — Oxford University scientists, after a year of research, have determined the best technology to suck…

Wild Earth: Children That Play Outside in All Weather Grow Up Resilient

Click here to read the article on wildearth.org By Andrew McMartin, Executive Director at the p.i.n.e. project in Toronto, ON “It seems like an obvious statement, so why don’t kids play outside in challenging weather nearly as much as they used to? Why are schools keeping kids inside at recess when the temperature gets too…

NPR: Q&A | Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind

Read the original article @ NPR by ERIC WESTERVELT Courtesy of Bing Nursery School “Our “Tools of the Trade” series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I’m reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools:…

Vox: The cult of kiddie-danger

The Richland, WA, school district is phasing out swings on its playgrounds. As the district’s spokesman recently told KEPR TV: “It’s just really a safety issue. Swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment on a playground.” Ah yes, those dangling doom machines. All they sow is death and…

Center for Active Design: Parks & Equity

Read the original post from NYC’s Center for Active Design here. http://centerforactivedesign.org/parksandequity How Parks Support More Active and Equitable Communities “The concept of biophilia suggests that humans have an innate, instinctive bond with the natural world, such as trees, wildlife, parks, and gardens. Recent studies reinforce this notion, showing that natural environments are making direct contributions…

2014 Fuller Challenge Winner: SCAPE’s ‘Living Breakwaters’

View SCAPE’s video of the project here Impact Design Hub’s Press Release: 2014 Fuller Challenge Winner Announced The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced SCAPE‘s climate change adaptation and community development project ‘Living Breakwaters‘ as the winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Living up to Fuller’s work as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist,’ the winning project aims…

NPR: Playing to Learn

Brains at Play “This week at NPR Ed, our series Playing To Learn will explore questions about why people play and how play relates to learning. Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play duck, duck, goose? We love it all. And we’re not the…

NPR: A Collection of Clues to America’s Educational Past

“If you walk past Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter robe, ride the elevator up four floors, above the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and a family of four visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio, you’ll find yourself in a long hallway that vaguely resembles a hospital walkway. The fourth floor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of…