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Let’s head outdoors and check out nature!

Let’s head outdoors and check out nature! | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Exploring the things we can do while going out on a nature walk with our nature checklists!
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21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach | Active For Life

21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach | Active For Life | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Summer mean beach weather, and this great list of playful activities will help keep your kids engaged and having fun, while simultaneously enabling them to develop all sorts of valuable movement skills.
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K & Preschool Teachers: Last Stand in War on Childhood?

K & Preschool Teachers:  Last Stand in War on Childhood? | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Kindergarten and preschool teachers everywhere are struggling to preserve play.
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Active Learning Through Messy Play | Childhood101

Active Learning Through Messy Play | Childhood101 | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Children are active learners and learn through play. Messy play is particularly valuable because it stimulates many of their senses at once. They can feel, smell, see, and sometimes even taste the consequences of their messy active play.
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Learning How To Fail

Learning How To Fail | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
When I teach classes on Positive Psychology, I ask postgraduate students to share a life event that was difficult for them—a crisis, possibly, or …
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Affordable Summer Tips to Get Kids Active - Bloomer Advance (subscription)

Affordable Summer Tips to Get Kids Active - Bloomer Advance (subscription) | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
(Family Features) As the school year comes to a close, it’s up to parents to make sure their kids’ summers are filled with opportunities for them to stay active.
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Modern Family: What Grandparents Can Do

Modern Family: What Grandparents Can Do | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
All happy families are alike, Tolstoy famously said. Each has wonderfully individual days and ways to celebrate them, we add. The occasions to whoop …
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How Parents, Grandparents Can Work Together

How Parents, Grandparents Can Work Together | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Raising a child is a difficult task that can bring a family together—and just as easily reveal rifts. Suddenly, differences of opinion can lead to …
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Teach children to play for real - The Manila Times

Teach children to play for real - The Manila Times | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Johnson’s, teachers and experts rally for active sensorial play In a society that is highly becoming digital by the minute comes the massive proliferation of gadget use.
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Come Out to Play - Huffington Post

Come Out to Play - Huffington Post | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
"Go outside and play; just be home before dark!" Sound familiar? It's a line that encapsulates our own childhood, when the hours after school and just before dinner were ours for the taking.
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Should I let my child take more risks?

Should I let my child take more risks? | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Play such as jumping from a height or letting a child get lost contributes to self-esteem and can reduce the risks they take as adolescents – and avoids a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to obesity and chronic disease
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Growing up surrounded by green spaces helps boost a child's memory

Growing up surrounded by green spaces helps boost a child's memory | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Researchers in Barcelona found children who live near parks, gardens or woodland were a year ahead in their mental development than those who had no green spaces close to their homes.
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THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good | Children & Nature Network

THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good | Children & Nature Network | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
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Prairie Hill Waldorf School's curator insight, July 28, 1:01 PM

Children are smarter, braver and more resilient than we give them credit for. Allowing our kids exploration, healthy risk taking and even a little falling down (they'll get back up!)  teach them important life skills, skills that cannot be replicated anywhere but outdoors.

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Preschoolers' playtime needs to be more active

Preschoolers' playtime needs to be more active | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Children aged three to five in Canada and the U.S. aren't moving enough for their healthy development, but a scientist in Ottawa is working with daycares to foster more hops, skips and jumps.
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Pennington hopes to help kids get active with 'Play Streets' - WAFB.com

Pennington hopes to help kids get active with 'Play Streets' - WAFB.com | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
It is being billed as a way to keep kids safe and promote outdoor and physical activity. Saturday, the Pennington Biomedical and other local organizations launched the pilot version of Play Streets. 
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Active Outdoor Play—With its Risks—Good for Kids | Evergreen

Active Outdoor Play—With its Risks—Good for Kids | Evergreen | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Evergreen supports Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play
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Instilling Compassion, Kindness in Kids

Instilling Compassion, Kindness in Kids | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
When I read the story of the three little pigs to my daughter, who was two years old at the time, I noticed a peculiarly uncomfortable look on her …
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Raising Resilient Kids

Raising Resilient Kids | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
A 12-year-old client, who was being teased in school for her complexion, started harbouring thoughts of sadness, low esteem, and even self harm. …
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Icon Electronic Playgrounds Combine Active Outdoor Play with Interactive Gaming

Icon Electronic Playgrounds Combine Active Outdoor Play with Interactive Gaming | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
The Kompan Icon line of electronic interactive playground equipment offers a diverse range of play options and a variety of benefits for children.
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Shepherd, Don't Shape

Shepherd, Don't Shape | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
For the past week I’ve been thinking about a Kahlil Gibran poem that really captures the essential dilemma of being a parent: the desire to shape our …
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▶ Kid President - What Kids Really Want From Vacation - YouTube

SoulPancake and Kid President partnered with our friends at HomeAway to give parents everywhere some insider information on what kids really want out of a va...
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7 ideas for unstructured, outdoor, family play!

7 ideas for unstructured, outdoor, family play! | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
ParticipACTION blog: Here are seven simple and easy ideas to put your family on a more active path towards unstructured, outdoor, family play!
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Is the Common Core killing kindergarten? - The Boston Globe

Is the Common Core killing kindergarten? - The Boston Globe | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
The standards movement has trickled all the way down.
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Prairie Hill Waldorf School's curator insight, July 28, 1:46 PM

Waldorf Schools do not believe in "teaching to the test" but rather focus on laying the foundation that helps to create confident, creative, successful citizens of the world. 


"Many of the standards are too high and not developmentally appropriate for kindergartners. Opponents say teaching some academic skills too early can be counterproductive. They cite research suggesting that reading and math advantages in kindergarten are fleeting. Furthermore, they say, the pressure to meet academic standards will lead to lecture and work sheet style teaching, foster rote memorization, and snuff out the inquiry and play-based instruction that can instill a love of learning."

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The Benefits of Puzzles in Early Childhood Development | Teach.com

The Benefits of Puzzles in Early Childhood Development | Teach.com | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
People have long known that puzzles present many benefits for children as they develop. Learn more about the specific skills they help cultivate in students.
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Children thrive on risky play: Climbing trees improves creativity

Children thrive on risky play: Climbing trees improves creativity | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
A study carried out by the University of British Columbia in Canada found children became more resilient and enjoyed increased creativity after playing in more dangerous activities (file image).
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Sally DeCost's curator insight, June 14, 4:38 PM

Makes a whole lot of sense to me!

 

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School starting age: the evidence

School starting age: the evidence | Parents & Children, Learn & Play | Scoop.it
Research from Cambridge University. Full details here  
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