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Outside Play Anyone?

Published on October 1, 2009 under building community


Today we tried a new lunch treat that I read about on a blog. Caterpillars! You stick the dry spaghetti through the hot dog and boil. Most of the kids loved it!

Whitlee riding a tricycle and Rosanna checking for mail in our playhouse mailbox.

A worm!

Building Community is so important. This is how kids learn to get along in society and in classrooms. The best way to facilitate this is LONG periods of free play. I like the picture of the kids on hoppy balls. It looks like a meeting of some sort. Maybe.. a future PTO leader is on there, like her mommy!
Preschool is the first early learning a child is exposed to. It should prepare them for future education and should establish many behavioral patterns that are expected of them, as they grow older. The most important of these behaviors for a child to learn is belonging to a community.
If a child feels as though they’re a part of a community, it will establish important lessons that include cooperation, communication, how to get along with others and how to share and be shared with. This early learning will provide children will lifelong lessons that will allow them to survive later in school, at work and in life in general.” RL Hamilton

Clara making use of the Tonka Toys. A girl has to do what a girl has to do !

This is our worm farm. The kids love digging here. Kids WILL dig. Better to give them their own spot than find 20 more around the yard! Bianca loving that skateboard.

Whats for lunch?

This exercise ball should be used for something, right?
We had a great day ! We had breakfast outside!!!!! We played outside from 8:00 – 10:45. And yes, they are all snoozing very soundly right now. As I walked around listening to their conversations I was amazed at the level the majority of the children talk on. And imaginations – WE HAVE THEM!
From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Play is integral to the academic environment. It ensures that the school setting attends to the social and emotional development of children as well as their cognitive development. It has been shown to help children adjust to the school setting and even to enhance children’s learning readiness, learning behaviors, and problem-solving skills.2232 Social-emotional learning is best integrated with academic learning; it is concerning if some of the forces that enhance children’s ability to learn are elevated at the expense of others. Play and unscheduled time that allow for peer interactions are important components of social-emotional learning


  1. Anonymous

    About a week ago Rosanna came home telling me that there was no more paint. I thought that she meant that she had not colored that day. She kept repeating the same thing every day. Now, I know that she really meant what she said.

  2. Sun-Kissed Scholars

    Lady, you amaze me. I have a hard time keeping up with my four all day, making sure they have learning activities, reading time, quiet time, study time, art time, computer time, you name it. And you make it look so easy with a full classroom! :-)

  3. susan21064

    I love your site I want to learn how to decorate mine .Debbie I love the activities. It has encouraged me to do another week of activities. I can't belive how many apple activities there are. Great pictures!

  4. Michelle

    Kitty's and doggies occupy so much of my preschooler's days… I think I may have to get a picture of it. I found your Blog through Teaching 2 & 3 yr olds and I just love it. I run a daycare/preschool out of my home and really, really find inspiration from your blog. Especially on those hard days of caring/teaching the kids… thanks!!

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