"Play is the work of the young child."
These words have stuck with me since I encountered the phrase 25 years ago. I had been reading an article during an Early Childhood class at Florida Atlantic University, and it seemed to encompass everything I had observed and studied.
As a parent and an educator, experience has substantiated the truth in this statement. The more children are involved in initiating the activity and the greater the opportunity to manipulate the materials, the more memorable the learning becomes.
I believe we have to hold on to the idea that play is where the heart of learning lies and mirror the developmental research that was not driven by profit --but by the hearts and minds of educators looking to incite a love of learning in each child.
My goal is to encourage an ongoing trend that brings us back to the roots of learning--the excitement that comes from exploration and discovery.
The purpose of this site is to share some great ideas, insights, and resources and—overall--to promote a life-long love of learning for children and parents, alike.