Archive for February, 2017

Inventor Fair

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Co-written by Michelle Gonzalez

Tinkering, making, and inventing are all hot topics in the world of early childhood these days, which fills my heart with joy. The ability to be creative in one’s thinking and approaches to solving problems, to create, carry out and revise a plan, are all things that children tend to do naturally. When we provide them with environments, opportunities and materials that stimulate and enhance these experiences, the adults in a child’s life are communicating ...

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Try, Try Again

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I often talk in my blogs about how we intentionally create safe spaces for children to fail in order to support the development of persistence and problem solving skills in regards to older children. Today I would like to shift the focus to our youngest visitors, from birth to 3 years old, who need a different type of support in developing the capacity to stick with something that is challenging, and cope with frustration.Learning with ...</p><a class= Continue Reading →

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Ways to Combat the Winter Blues

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It seems to be that time of year where we here in the midwest are beyond ready for winter to be over and the sun to come out. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep your little ones engaged mentally and physically while having fun inside.

Homemade playdoh!
One of my all time favorite indoor activities will always be making playdoh. creating with clay in the Studio at DuPage Children's Museum in ...</p><a class= Continue Reading →

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