Forest-y Preschool

Our co-op preschool is not a forest preschool, but it is inspired by forest preschools. Forest preschool is often called a “preschool without walls,” because, as the name suggests, it takes place in the forest. They are popular in northern Europe and slowly gaining popularity in the United States. So, whats the big deal about forest […]

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Five Characteristics of High-Quality Preschool

When my son turned two-and-half, I started looking at preschools. I had a great experience in preschool, which I credit with igniting my love of learning, so naturally, I wanted to share that love with my son. I thought, I had found the perfect preschool. The school was small. It seemed nice, and friends recommended […]

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Why Sensory Processing Is Important in All Children

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, the term sensory processing seems to come up often.  If you haven’t heard of it, sensory processing is a key part in how children learn. Every person, even adults, have their own responses and aversions to specific sounds, tastes (brussel sprouts anyone?), and textures. A […]

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More than Scribbles: What a Child’s Drawings Tell You

When my son turned three, he used to make the most wonderful drawings of cars. He would make long cars with eight wheels or big trucks with giant wheels. Then, at about three-and-half something changed. He stopped drawing “things.” He just started scribbling. There were never any pictures that represented anything. Sometimes if you ask […]

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The Amazing Truth About Being Outside

Almost everyone agrees that sending kids outside to play is good for them. This focus on outdoors has spawned the increasingly popular forest preschool phenomena in Northern Europe and even in the US. Richard Louv, famous for his book on Last Child In the Woods, even coined the (controversial) term “nature deficit disorder.” But that still […]

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Starting Our Co-op Preschool

A year ago, I never imagined that I would be a preschool teacher at my own preschool. But today I am; I am a teacher at my our own co-op preschool. After K stopped going to preschool, I was distraught. I love learning. I love teaching, and I want to share both of those loves with […]

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Does Movement Help Learning? Find out!

Anyone who has been around very young children knows they typically like to move – a lot. My son is always zooming, bouncing, jumping, and running. We know all this physical activity is good for their bodies but, is it good for their minds too? In many schools these days, movement is treated as the antithesis […]

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