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Edu-PLAY-tion: Awe is Awesome

I read an interesting article in Parade today. Its title “Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness”  caught my eye, as did the magazine’s cover photo promoting the article. In the article, psychologist Dacher Keltner, of the University of California, Berkeley’s Social Interaction Lab, defines awe as “…the feeling of being in … Continue reading Edu-PLAY-tion: Awe is Awesome

Edu-PLAY-tion: H2O, a Photo Blog

via Photo Challenge: H2O Water Play!! Has your Outdoor Water Play become Stale?                                   If so, Bing, Google, or Pinterest "Outdoor Water Play" to inject more excitement, wonder, exploration, and discovery into your environment. The children will thank you … Continue reading Edu-PLAY-tion: H2O, a Photo Blog

Edu-PLAY-tion: Jump

via Daily Prompt: Jump Sometime between the ages of 2 and 3, children discover the oh so fun movement of jumping. Parents are so excited when children attain developmental milestones. It lets them know their children are progressing on track. Jumping is one of those physical milestones. Adults eagerly hold the little hands of their … Continue reading Edu-PLAY-tion: Jump

Edu-PLAY-tion: STEAM- Learning Through Nature-Based Play

Search the internet for "Nature-based Play in Young Children" and your search will result in pages of articles, websites, and images that could take you hours to peruse. Much research has been conducted on the benefits of play in young children; even more such research is now focusing on nature-based play. Thanks to authors and … Continue reading Edu-PLAY-tion: STEAM- Learning Through Nature-Based Play

Global Citizenship Education: GCE and Developmentally Appropriate Practice

The Global Education First Initiative summarizes Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in its introduction to Priority #3, Foster Global Citizenship. Five points can specifically be addressed by the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field and its larger community of stakeholders: 1) “Education must be transformative and bring shared values to life” 2) “[education] must cultivate an active … Continue reading Global Citizenship Education: GCE and Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Edu-PLAY-tion: Children and Climbing: Going Beyond the Indoor Vinyl Mats and Outdoor Jungle Gyms

The Huffington Post article on the benefits of rock climbing covers many aspects that I have personally experienced since beginning only a few short months ago. Among the benefits, it lists physical benefits such as total body workout, mental benefits such as reducing stress and also mentions life skills acquired from climbing. It’s a great … Continue reading Edu-PLAY-tion: Children and Climbing: Going Beyond the Indoor Vinyl Mats and Outdoor Jungle Gyms

Global Citizenship Education: In Early Childhood Education, What Does That Mean?

This initial post parallels the vision of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and the core values and beliefs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Much of the discussions and research around GCED include how to incorporate GCED into educational curriculum. By paralleling the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) … Continue reading Global Citizenship Education: In Early Childhood Education, What Does That Mean?

Spiritual Development: Clearing the Clouds

In light of the proliferative assaults against differing agents of society within the past several months, both here in the states, and across the world, I am compelled to share my feelings and views, if for no other reason than to heal my own soul and spirit. If you are family or a close friend … Continue reading Spiritual Development: Clearing the Clouds