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Reconnect with Nature

It's Spring! Disconnect & get out there!   Children are more disconnected from the natural world than ever before. This is deeply concerning.   In Richard Louv's bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, he quotes a child as saying he wanted to play inside because "that's where the electrical outlets are".  Technology is here to ...

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What is risky play?

Risky play is defined as thrilling and challenging forms of play that involve a risk of physical injury.                                                                             ...

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The Curious Child

In How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years, there are many statements that remind us that children are curious and love to investigate. "Children thrive in indoor and outdoor spaces that invite them to investigate, imagine, think, create, solve problems, and make meaning from their experiences..." (p. 20)   Have you noticed? ...

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Our Image of Children

In our last blog we reflected on our view of children. We borrowed language from the resource titled How Does Learning Happen. It includes such impactful words as: competent, capable, complex, curious, rich in potential.   As parents and caregivers you will likely hear early childhood educators describe children today as knowledgeable, reflective, critical thinkers, ...

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Children are competent!

Early childhood educators (and parents of young children) these days, are often reminded just how strong and powerful our children are!   Believing that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential is a view of the child promoted in Ontario’s pedagogy for the early years: How Does Learning Happen?   ...

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Wildwood is…firing up the spirit!

How can creating fire support your child’s development of emotional intelligence and self-esteem?   Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EI is the key to success in life.   In his ground-breaking book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman believes ...

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Wildwood is…seeing the forest for the trees!

How can big body play support your child’s development of emotional intelligence and self-esteem?   Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EI is the key to success in life.   In his ground-breaking book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman ...

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Wildwood is…for the love of mud!

How can mud play support your child’s development of emotional intelligence and self-esteem?   Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EI is the key to success in life.   In his ground-breaking book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman reminds ...

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Wildwood is…pond-delicious!

How can pond exploration support your child’s development of emotional intelligence and self-esteem?   Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EI is the key to success in life.   In his ground-breaking book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman tells ...

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Wildwood is…at the Water’s Edge

How can playing among the pebbles at the water’s edge support your child’s development of emotional intelligence and self-esteem?   Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EI is the key to success in life.   In his ground-breaking ...

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