Nature Inspired

Summer Fun and a "pop" of Learning

At Caring Connection indoors and outdoors can sometimes blend into one, especially in the summer. Learning is not just fun…it’s gonna “pop” in the summer. We make an extra special effort to make summer ideas (our themes) more extravagant, more wild and yes, even more intensely academic

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Earth Play on Earth Day

Nature provides enough opportunities for learning, measuring, experimentation and discovery. Opportunities for social interaction, cooperation and compromise. Taking risks within limits and finding success. Encouraging one another. Leading and following. Engineering at the preschool level. Discovering and respecting life in its natural spaces. After all, it’s EARTH

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Nature Inspired Conversations

Social development and learning to communicate are true skills that pre-kindergarten children will develop in a social environment.  Independent and directed learning is one way to discover, but sharing, taking turns and finding ones own voice… that happens in an organic conversation is priceless.  Younger children benefit from parallel

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Friday Picnic for Toddlers, Inside or Outside. Life is so Good!

Toddlers can enjoy Friday picnic day. A little sunshine through the open door. Outside in the dappled light are the walking toddlers, enjoying the sunshiny day…. Sharing their food and smiles, socializing as toddlers do… While the not-yet-walkers commune together, just inside the opened door… …they eat

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Move-able Parts & Why They’re So Cool

You may not know that preschool teachers are terrible (or wonderful) hoarders. But now we want to share why! Go Kenji! Yes, all you wine drinkers. This one’s for you! And at Christmas time it’s very easy to ask for the end cuts of pine trees. These end cuts add

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Just Get Your coat!

What are you waiting for? Just grab your coat and put it on. Like me! Come on! You’re missing all the fun. We’re busy, so it’s not cold. It’s the best weather for making sand pies. …or playing in the sand. Whatcha waitin’ for? Put up your

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Our Natural Playscape; Autumn wanes into dormant Winter

  The fresh air of fall and the light rain that seems to wash off the year come this season. At Caring Connection Children’s Center, the beach with it’s summer history takes a dampened appearance, the yard diggers and movers, toys and trucks hold less energy than

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Summer Ends and Autumn Comes…Get Ready for the Next Round of Fun!

It was just yesterday, we were playing in the sun and learning at our “beach”… Everything is Upside-down now that Summer is coming to an end! Oncoming season trends have brought families to join us for our hands-on ‘Back the School’ Night Toddlers have become two year

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…Just Add Kids…

Welcome, children to the new mud-pie kitchen.  And see we have a gravel area for digging and scooping, dump trucks and building things. Let your imagination go wild.  Take a walk to your own little beach area with driftwood and a palm tree. Search in the sand

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What Happens When…

Sometimes we bring the outside, in and explore what happens…. In this case it’s simply dirt and water. Yep, mud. Let’s see who can let go and relax with this combination? It takes a little warming up to get the ball rolling. Of course, we are inside.

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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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