Tag Archives: learning

Purposeful Play Anyone?

It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was visiting a transitional kindergarten classroom. I arrived during their “purposeful play” time. Marcus and Emily were in the block area where the teacher had placed several balance scales, rulers, a cloth tape … Continue reading

Learning From Loose Parts

First 5 Shasta welcomes new blogger Stephanie Alexander! Subscribe and watch for her Quality Transitions blog every month. “Loose Parts.” Have you heard that term? I know a lot of images may come to mind, but I’m referring to a … Continue reading

Children and Garden to Table

“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” (Luis Barragan) Have you experienced the delight of biting into a fresh, ripe tomato? The flavor and juiciness are intense from this garden to … Continue reading

Learning With Chickens

My family lives in Oak Run and we enjoy the whole country lifestyle. Fresh air, quiet nights, bright stars, and lots of good old country fun. However, there was something missing from our life, something our friends and neighbors do. … Continue reading

Soft Skills are Super Skills

“In recent years a growing body of research has demonstrated the strong link between young children’s social-emotional competence and their cognitive development, language skills, mental health and social success.” Center for the Study of Social Policy (Strengthening Families, Protective Factors … Continue reading