Play is such an integral part of a child's learning and development. I think as parents we often underestimate the power of play. Children live in a very different world today and they will someday be competing for jobs that are not even created yet! Play gives children time to learn how to problem-solve, cooperate, and be creative. By allowing children uninterrupted time to play we are giving them an opportunity to develop skills that not only allow them to be successful today but for their future! Find time to allow your child to just play. You will be amazed at what they come up with!
One of the TLC teachers sent me an article that I really found interesting and so true! In our fast paced world, we often try to make moments MEMORABLE for our children by juggling them from one activity to another and planning over the top experiences just to try and create that “perfect” summer for them! Some of my fondest memories of childhood include going fishing, making a “zoo” in the backyard, and decorating our house for Christmas in July! Those memorable moments didn’t cost a thing and they turned out to be what I treasure the most. There were many "little moments" this week at TLC.
10 Ways to Give Your Kids an Honest-to-Goodness 1970s Summer
By: Melissa Fenton
Children thrive when they are outdoors and research shows that kids who spend more time in nature typically are more intelligent, resourceful, and inquisitive. It is our goal to be outside as much as possible this summer. We are blessed to have so much “green” surrounding our playground and we want to make sure we are taking full advantage of all the playground and Barlow Lake has to offer! Let the sun shine!
When we become parents something shifts in our daily thoughts. We are bombarded with worry. We worry about our kid’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth every day. Protecting them from danger and hurt consumes us and often times, keeps us awake at night. Worrying about them becomes as natural to us as breathing. While worrying about our children is completely normal has our desire to protect our kids gone too far? We live in a world where children are protected, as they should be, but have we taken it to a point where we just might be doing them more harm than good?
This short video talks about the importance of risk taking during childhood and what that looks when practiced effectively. I know as a staff, we are evaluating how we handle risk to make sure we align ourselves with what is best for children.
This video really challenged me to evaluate myself as a parent, take a deep breath, and step back a little bit. Doing a risk analysis to determine whether the benefit of the risk outweighs the potential learning that could come from the risk is now part of my parenting.
Maybe what the kids of this generation need more of is “less of us.” What they need more of is encouragement for them to problem solve, try something new, and sometimes feel disappointment. If we are constantly trying to set them up for success, how will they deal with life when things don’t work out how they wanted or planned?
What should we learn about next?
With one simple question, Ms. Kim's Pre-K class began their investigation into all types of architecture. The week started with the children describing all they knew about buildings, construction, and architecture. They discussed what building plans are and what a “structure” is. Ms. Kim then introduced various materials and students were challenged to make a plan before they created their structures. The children spent a lot of time brainstorming ideas of how and what type of structures they were going to make. They used a variety of new tools such as a hole-punch, Styrofoam, straws, measuring tape, and a variety of boxes! The students were very engaged in their personal projects but also collaborated to improve each other's structures. The level of team work, patience, and determination was very alive during the project! Way to work hard Pre-K kids!