A Place in Nature, Just for Me

A Place in Nature, Just for Me

One of the best things about shifting my life to Evanston, Ilinois, each spring is the fragrance of lilacs that permeates the air. When read more

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game: Add it to the list of things I have learned at Sunflower Creative Arts.The most important lesson that my son has ... read more

In defense of a magical childhood

In defense of a magical childhood

In the harsh light of this fast-paced and highly-pressured world, my childhood memories of wonder and innocence are still part of who I read more

Wonder

Wonder

Curiosity is not enough for me. There are thousands and maybe millions of things to be curious about. What really gets me going is when read more

Patience is a virtue…

Patience is a virtue…

Above and beyond, the most common thing people say when I tell them I work with small children is, “You must have so much patience!” ... read more

Patience is a virtue… understanding is a challenge

Patience is a virtue… understanding is a challenge

How does frozen yogurt, a present from a friend and something sticky add up to better understanding? Let’s talk! In our last blog post, read more

“Uninvited Guests” Show Up at Sunflower Theatre Camp

“Uninvited Guests” Show Up at Sunflower Theatre Camp

Sunflower’s approach to theatre is a lot like our approach to everything else: it’s all about play, process and fun. Parents got ... read more

Familiar Sounds

Familiar Sounds

Overheard at Sunflower’s Seedling Family Kick-Off… I close my eyes and let the sound surround me. These familiar sounds ... read more

Lessons from Seedlings

Lessons from Seedlings

My daughters’ time at Seedlings shaped the big kids they’ve become today. And, while they were learning to experiment and explore and ... read more

The Possibility of Something Really Important Happening

The Possibility of Something Really Important Happening

It’s always there– A tiny spark, and a space opens up. The idea bubbles, it gains momentum and cracks wide open. read more

All Alone!

All Alone!

“All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot.” – Dr. Seuss. We marvel at young children’s ... read more

Weaned on play

Weaned on play

by Wynna Dunmyer, Sunflower mom My baby weaned, again. At Bridging Day last week, Griffin my 5 year old last baby, weaned. This time it read more

Monkey on a satellite

Monkey on a satellite

I’m leaving for vacation this afternoon, and I’m (of course, as always) bringing my camera. One of my favorite parts of traveling is ... read more

Mom, I’m BORED!

Mom, I’m BORED!

I was sitting outside my 4-year-old’s ballet class with my 7-year-old when she said it. I looked her in the eye. “You’re what?” I said. read more

So hard to leave…

So hard to leave…

Everybody who’s ever taken a class at Sunflower and then stayed afterwards while their kids played on the playground has, at some point read more

Grandparent Adventures

Grandparent Adventures

 I really love my time with my grandchildren, ages 7 and 5. This summer we have planned Camp Susan on Mondays and Wednesdays. We are ... read more

A Day at Seedlings

A Day at Seedlings

9:30 am – Trikes race, swings fly, granite pestles grind and pound spices into dry oatmeal, castles are constructed, the ... read more

How to make an invention

How to make an invention

by Jennifer Sneeden Making an invention is very difficult… The first problem is that you might not know right away what you’re trying ... read more

Reading on their own timetable

Reading on their own timetable

Both of my children, now young adults, went to Seedlings. I loved the fact that there was no academic curriculum, that they spent all ... read more

One Day at Sunflower: Through the eyes of Mihai

One Day at Sunflower: Through the eyes of Mihai

Some days are more challenging than others, even when you’re three years old. Maybe especially when you’re three years old. read more

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