Learning Through Experience

Subcategories of Learning Through Experience

A family of plastic horses and two 3-year-olds (child-led conflict resolution)

A family of plastic horses and two 3-year-olds (child-led conflict resolution)

There are some days at Seedlings when we get to witness some amazing, completely child-led events. Sometimes it's the fort to beat all ... 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

Toys, dirt and water

Toys, dirt and water

Tools for the important work of play My son Dante was a Seedling for two years, when he was three and four. The first year, he spent ... read more

Seedlings Spaghetti Day 2012!!!

Seedlings Spaghetti Day 2012!!!

Spaghetti Day: it’s an annual end-of-year event in our Seedlings program. It’s oily. It’s gooshy. It’s a ... read more

Becoming the story: Reading aloud with Shakespeare

Becoming the story: Reading aloud with Shakespeare

One of the best, and most fun, ways to get kids actively engaged in reading is through drama. For older readers, reading stories and ... read more

Not Just for Kids

Not Just for Kids

I spent my first week in Växjö, Sweden, pedaling the hundreds of bike paths strewn across the county. One especially sunny weekday ... read more

Bring that beat back to me again…

Bring that beat back to me again…

I recently got back from an amazing vacation, visiting a wonderful, playful, up-for-anything friend and seeing my most favorite band 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

My summer place

My summer place

Lake Evening Dusk danced, Dipping, diving, twirling, swirling to the music of lapping wavelets. Nature’s fingers held my face firmly. ... read more

What they deserve…

What they deserve…

From late June to late August I work at a camp in Massachusetts for children who’ve had open heart surgery. For three summers I’ve ... read more

Letting go

Letting go

I’m a control freak. If you’ve met me, there’s no point in my denying it. So for me, setting my children loose at ... read more

Make it Safer. Add Risk.

Make it Safer. Add Risk.

We’re working hard to shift the conversation regarding child safety to include risk as a conduit for learning, rather than a ... read more

Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

If I could distill the essence of Sunflower down to one phrase, it would be this one from our mission statement: “We empower children ... read more

From adult learning back to early childhood play

From adult learning back to early childhood play

How does learning to climb a tree or covering their faces with brightly colored paint impact the future life and workplace skills of ... 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

Audiobooks: Learning to listen

Audiobooks: Learning to listen

I found it most interesting that in my daughters' teen years, when they talked about a book, they always said, "when I read..." ... read more

Low-tech resolutions

Low-tech resolutions

The final installment in our series about technology and its potential to both enhance and complicate our lives. Read what Susan and ... read more

Helper day

Helper day

Sometimes, when I’m a helper at Seedlings, I’ll see a stream of older folks walking by the playground. Our program shares ... read more

(life is) Risky Business

(life is) Risky Business

On the track at the Palm Beach International Raceway, April 2011: I’m climbing into the passenger seat of an SR3 Radical, next to my ... 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