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Nature-Based Play and Outdoor Learning for Mental Well-Being

By Molly Breen Nature-based play is not a new thing. We know that getting kids outside for open-ended play and exploration is good for physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. Environmental inequality is not a new thing either. Depending on where … Continue reading

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Activities for Every Day of Week of the Young Child®

By Lydia Bowers, author of We Listen to Our Bodies and Shawn Forster, vice president of Peaceful Schools and artistic director of Peaceful Schools Productions Started in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Week … Continue reading

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Positive Preschool Program Changes That Will Outlast the Pandemic

By Molly Breen January is traditionally a month when we take inventory and prepare for a fresh start. We organize our storage spaces, toss out or recycle the things we no longer need, and evaluate whether the items we put … Continue reading

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Helping Young Children Develop Social Skills During the Pandemic

By Molly Breen This time of teaching and learning in the pandemic is, no doubt, historic and unprecedented in our lifetimes. We cannot possibly predict all the long-term effects—good and bad—that this experience will have on our lives. And in … Continue reading

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Join the Free Spirit Advisory Council of Educators

Free Spirit is seeking early childhood educators and K–12 classroom teachers to join our Advisory Council of Educators. The advisory council provides valuable feedback to help make our books and other products even more beneficial for children and teens. Council … Continue reading

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