Learning Through Experience

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Sunflower Roots & Shoots Kids Get Outside!

Sunflower Roots & Shoots Kids Get Outside!

This month our Roots & Shoots club held our third annual Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside!) Event for kids at Serenoa Glade Preserve in ... read more

Priming the Pump

Priming the Pump

At Sunflower we have an old metal groundwater pump. The pump is attached to a large bin which, when filled, can spout water when hand ... 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

Sunflower Summer Reading: your life on technology

Sunflower Summer Reading: your life on technology

This week on the Sunflower blog we’re talking about technology and its potential to both enhance and complicate our lives. This ... read more

Playful morning

Playful morning

It’s Friday 5:30 AM, on my way to 6 AM yoga. This morning I am met with a damp chill and sweet smelling air filled with birdsong. Over ... read more

Our Place in it All

Our Place in it All

The wave came over the top of my head and then I was twisting, spinning, thrashing, and unable to breath. I had sand in my mouth and I ... read more

Ageless Music

Ageless Music

The skin-draped bones touch the corners of his mouth Lids softly shut, eyelashes pale wisps We chatted with his son Like parents do. A ... 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

Do you have a hybrid mind?

Do you have a hybrid mind?

“What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology? How can each of us help ... read more

My phone is my lifeline

My phone is my lifeline

Part two in our series about technology and its potential to both enhance and complicate our lives. Read Susan‘s and ... read more

I call it tiny. My kids call it nature.

I call it tiny. My kids call it nature.

Sunflower blogger Victoria won 4th place in KaBOOM!’s recent guest blogging contest. For those of you who missed it, check it out read more

Remember play?

Remember play?

Whenever I ask a group of adults to share a favorite play experience from their childhood there is a visible shift in their bodies. ... read more

Improvisation

Improvisation

I dropped Sierra off at Seedlings this morning and rushed back out the gate. “I’m running home where it’s quiet to write my blog for ... read more

Give them time (a story of watercolors and preschooler theoretical physics)

Give them time (a story of watercolors and preschooler theoretical physics)

I was walking through the room headed off to do something important somewhere else, with no intention of stopping or even lingering to ... read more

Taking Action for Play: 2013 US Play Coalition Conference

Taking Action for Play: 2013 US Play Coalition Conference

Last year Jaime and I attended the US Play Coalition Conference on the Value of Play at Clemson University, where we marveled at the ... read more

Heart Songs

Heart Songs

Everybody needs a little music in their lives. Some of my most special childhood memories involve the people I love sharing songs with ... 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

The Gift of Words

The Gift of Words

School is starting! School is starting! Many of our school-age kids are headed back to classes next week, and our preschoolers are ... read more

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

Where are all the kids?

Where are all the kids?

Sunflower blogger Jaime won 1st place in KaBOOM!’s recent guest blogging contest. Check it out below and on KaBOOM!’s Play Today blog. ... read more