Natural Playscape

Nature Everyday

Nature Everyday

At our Caring Connection Children’s Centers, we are thrilled to have each season to build enrollment and develop our curriculum and teachers’ skills. We are always surprised in the the way each day unfolds for each child it’s a new experience. That is what our goal is

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Learning through Nature: The Details

Learning through Nature: The Details

Dollar Store Rocks and a Gold Pen! That’s really all it takes and matching letters, identifying the alphabet takes on a whole new dimension. Children get used to finding those plastic or cardboard letters that are perfectly die-cut. But what about human hand-printed letters. Do they know?

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Just Add Kids!

Just Add Kids!

We’ve worked for months to get the environment right. To purchase what we need, the get equipment in the right positions… But the missing ingredient and the key ingredient is, of course the kids!   What courage we see in these young faces. Meeting new teachers, new

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How to create a Natural Playscape!

How to create a Natural Playscape!

A Natural Playscape takes a lot of work. The way it starts… We take materials and we create a play area that embraces nature in a way the children can play, get dirty and change their environment while playing. …and then we complete the look.    The

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Grand Opening Festival Elk Grove!

Grand Opening Festival Elk Grove!

Join us for our GRAND OPENING FESTIVAL FREE!   FUN FOR FAMILY!   Join us. Tour the facility. See the Nature Playscape (rain or shine). Special Guest: Author and Musican Matthew Gollub Special Holiday Activities!   Your OPPORTUNITY IS NOW! If you are considering child care or

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Natural Play in Spring!

The birds begin to tweet, the air is clear and fresh and there is a restlessness about the humans. We want to dig and socialize, we want to be a part of everything. It’s spring. From little humans to bigger humans in spring there is a freshness

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Becoming a Great Human Being. What WILL we Teach Our Children?

Becoming a Great Human Being. What WILL we Teach Our Children?

What will we teach our children? It’s much more than teaching kids to “share your toys”… It requires warming up to another person’s personality and just spending time, …time getting to know who they are. Just like adults, children need time with their peers. They need time

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Nature’s Building Blocks

Nature’s Building Blocks

Leave it to the Children… Two boys, both 2 years old, with very little speech still managed to communicate in their own fashion as they lifted and stacked very large rocks from our dry creek bed. Discovering Nature’s Building Blocks The teachers did not help, intervene or rescue them

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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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Going Blog WILD! – Our Natural Playscape

Going Blog WILD! – Our Natural Playscape

Our Natural Playscape and ‘outdoor classroom’ thinking just got a big shot in the arm. Julie Jenkins Sathe (Executive Director) and Melanie Fristoe (Site Director) have completed the “Growing Up Wild” training and facilitator’s certification through the California Department of Fish and Game. What a great resource guide

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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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