Archive for Imaginative play

The four C’s of 21st century learning

I hear it all the time. School districts and teachers are under pressure to create successful students. While certainly a child’s personal growth and development is important, I know the real motivation …

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Scratching the June itch: keeping kids focused with play

Photo - James Simons Elementary School, Charleston, SCWe anticipate it every year. Summer is quickly approaching and school is coming (or for some already has come) to an end. A few months off from school bring a more carefree …

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Scattered showers with a 100 percent chance no one else will be at the playground

Chantal Panozzo is an American writer who spent almost a decade in Switzerland. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications. The

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Ramona Quimby in 2016

photo-1455732063391-5f50f4df1854This week iconic children’s book author Beverly Cleary turns 100. For the uninitiated, 91 million copies of her books have been sold since 1950. One of her most famous characters is Ramona

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What kids need from adults?

You might think kids today have it good – endless amounts of information at their fingertips, devices to occupy their time, emojis so they can talk in code to their friends and …

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Homework can wait, childhood will not

Sasha Brown-Worsham is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Runner’s World, Cosmopolitan, Parents and countless other magazines and newspapers. She is currently an editor at She Knows

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Thinking inside the box

If you’ve ever witnnp_la_16Q1_featessed children playing with a box, you know that seemingly mundane piece of cardboard is rocket fuel for the imagination. It can morph into anything: a car, a …

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Play ought to be challenging

A Playworld Unity Slide Climberrecent Washington Post article on rethinking “ultra-safe” playgrounds caught my eye. Featuring the insight of pediatric occupational therapist and play advocate, Angela Honscam, the article echoes the Playworld team’s belief that …

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