What Stories Do

Literature can move us in ways that few other things can. When we read or hear stories we are transported to another place and time. We learn about the world and even more about ourselves. The power in stories is that they create relationships. Stories help people connect with people, with materials, with art, and with the […]

Fostering Empathy Through Play

The power of a caring word, a listening ear, small gesture, or sincere compliment cannot be underestimated. These simple acts of kindness hold the potential to brighten someone day, turn a negative situation positive, and ultimately make the world a better place. One of the most valuable skills for children to develop is empathy, which is the […]

Beyond the Book

Children learn as they participate in meaningful experiences with both adults and children.  Reading with your child can spark a variety of playful opportunities. It’s very common for adults to ask children to tell them about what they’ve read. While asking questions is a valuable way to enhance comprehension skills; retelling stories is a method […]

Material Exploration

Through their unique way of viewing the world, children can see potential in materials that may go unseen by adults. When given the time and space to explore a variety of materials children not only nurture their imagination but they cultivate their ability to express emotions and relate to those around them. This connection to […]

Seize the Play

The title for this blog, Seize the Play, is inspired by the well-known saying Carpe diem: seize the day. Seizing the day is known as making the most of each day. Therefore, seizing the play can be thought of as making the most out of play. Young children instinctively seize the play. They naturally seek […]