Nature Inspired

Year Two, Growing a Playscape

  This year we have relocated our mud-pie kitchen to allow more space and easier water access. After all, if you’re gonna have mud, ya’ gotta have water. What we have learned is that the mud-pie kitchen is very temporary. Although it looks wonderful to begin with,

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SPLISH SPLASH…Puddle Play til we get another Sunny Day

Our Natural Playscape may not look as green and lovely as winter departs and spring hasn’t quite taken hold. But our kids LOVE the puddle play!!!! Until the flowers start blooming and the grass has regrown, we’ll enjoy the daisies on these rain boots. Come on rain!

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Pleasing Our Planet – It’s Earth Week

Our trash can help us grow new plants. It’s nearly time to plant. Let’s take care of the planet… ….by keeping the litter off the ground… … and where it belongs. We are pleasing our planet.

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Rain, Rain Go Away, but until Then… It’s Puddle Play!

For months we have waited for the rain at Caring Connection so we could do a little puddle stomping. Now that fall and winter have passed with so little rain, spring brings the rain. We had some time with a group of puddle-splashers during a break in

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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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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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Open Fields, Farm Animals, Fresh Air …and oh, so much fun!

Sunny skies and smiles… Parents and grandparents…. Questions and answers, Wonder and awe… laughter and fun.. Bumpy, breezy, heavy, smelly…. Sights and sounds… Textures and senses, Sounds and scents… So much fun…. You gotta come…. Caring Connection Children’s Center. …the home of Enlightened Discipline. Thanks to Dave’s

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Possibilities. Questions. More Questions. SCIENCE.

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End of Summer!

“What?” “Bummer!” “We are stayin’ right here, then.” “Line up. The summer train is coming to a stop.” “Uh oh. I’d better find nuts for winter, then.” “Just one more sand castle.” “Summer is over? That blows!”

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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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