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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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Rough-and-Tumble Play in Early Childhood Education

By Molly Breen How do you feel about wrestling? I mean it. How does it feel in your body when children in your group begin wrestling or play fighting? Does it stimulate your flight, fight, or freeze response? Can you … Continue reading

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Professional Development in Early Childhood Education: Combating Burnout During the Pandemic

By Molly Breen The weight and strain of the pandemic has stretched most of us beyond what we thought was our limit. We have bowed and bent; we’ve pivoted until we’ve worn out the soles of our shoes. We may … Continue reading

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Masking in Preschool

By Molly Breen I participate in several professional groups as a preschool director. During the pandemic, some of these have morphed into “support groups” as we navigate the daily deluge of questions, plans, and changes related to preschool policies. Top … Continue reading

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On Being a Teacher and an Ally

By Molly Breen Parents and educators have long grappled with whether and how to address difficult subjects with young children. Common concerns include age-appropriateness and a worry of overwhelming children with adult concerns. But truthfully, kids will pick up on … Continue reading

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