Child Inspired

Learning, in a Child’s Way

Of all the ways there are to learn, letting young children be young while they figure out a few things is not only what we DO, it’s what we BELIEVE. So many years will be spent with a pencil and paper to tack up or fold in

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How do you spend Winter?

How do you spend Winter? Cuddling? Hanging out with good friends? Reading a good book? Sending to wishes to those who are away? Okay. It’s the same for us! Happy Winter from Caring Connection Kids and Teachers

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A Natural Playscape moves into Autumn and Winter Months

It’s our first full cycle of introducing a Natural Playscape to Caring Connection Children’s Center. In the spring and summer, this is a natural. Growing things, green and blooming, birds and bugs, water and shells…. As fall approaches, there is still so much to do: Pumpkins and

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We Want Your Dirt!

WE WANT YOUR DIRT! What does a Natural PlayScape looks like in Winter? It’s easy in the spring to plant grass and see flowers bloom and find bugs, worms and birds. It’s easy in the summer to have water play, scoop sand in the beach and do

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Possibilities. Questions. More Questions. SCIENCE.

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Chicken Little… Chicken BIG! Farmer Nate visits Caring Connection

It hardly gets more quiet than when a fabulous visitor brings pet chickens to visit Caring Connection. He taught us their names were, “Feather Foot” was one, what type of chickens (“Rhode Island Red”)was one…then we learned that chickens eat ANYTHING! They eat chicken food, cat food,

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Running on Rainbows! (Literally)

There’s not much more fun than squishy, colorful paint on your feet to wake you up after nap time! A little ticklish and a lot of emotions! Textures and sensations. Wow the words I can learn: slippery, slick, squishy, cool, smooth… What did we do? What did

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Look What I Can Do!

With simple kitchen gadgets, disposables, plastic straws and a little water…what a grand way to play and learn! Too hot outside? Bring the fun inside. There is so much to learn when you let go of expectations. Don’t drink it….BLOW! Spilled? Oh, just get a rag! “I

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SOMETIMES YOU JUST CAN’T WAIT!

Our fearless Director, Melanie and her son Billy started our Phase Three for the “Beach and Picnic” area. Julie had actually over-purchased so much sand from the last workday that we more than filled the new beach area. What you are seeing in this photo is the

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Caterpillar Love!

Caterpillar Love!

“What do you have?” “Where did you find it?” “Can I touch it?” “Is it a worm?” “Is it a snake?” “Is it slimy?” “Can I hold it?” “My turn! My turn!” “It’s a cat- A- pillah! “It’s going to be a butt-ah-fly!” Nature Inspired Learning Learning

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Meet Julie

Julie Jenkins devoted 30+ years to up leveling the way adults teach children about behavior. She put her philosophy into print in 2004 in Enlightened Discipline.

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