Learning Through Experience

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Lullabies in the Garden

Lullabies in the Garden

For 20 years my dear families have been asking that I record a tape (back in the day) or CD of music they could keep at home. After all read more

Read me a story? As you wish.

Read me a story? As you wish.

Long summer days– when daylight stretches into nighttime and people and schedules are more relaxed– are the perfect time to get lost ... read more

Falling Down

Falling Down

Cindy Thagard is mom to current Seedlings Corwin (4) and Seraya (3), and future Seedling Vallen (16 months). While at a hotel pool with read more

Where are all the kids? | KaBOOM!

Where are all the kids? | KaBOOM!

Congratulations to Sunflower blogger Jaime Greenberg, 1st place winner in KaBOOM!‘s national guest blogging contest! In her outstanding 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

Plugging in

Plugging in

We made a lot of discoveries on the playground during last weekend’s Seedlings family work day. Lizard eggs, tiny as marbles… ... 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

Brian’s learning story

Brian’s learning story

A teacher shares a beautiful example of child-led, community-based learning (the kind we believe in at Sunflower!) in a more ... read more

Adjusting expectations

Adjusting expectations

One of my challenges as a parent (and a person who resists change) is to recognize and adjust to constantly changing situations. The ... 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

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow

“Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought ... read more

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

posted by Andy Hatcher Overcome by March Madness, I bought a free standing Little Tikes basketball hoop this year for my eleven month ... 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

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

Balancing Risk and Safety

Balancing Risk and Safety

In my work with children and families, I have been thinking more and more about risk assessment, the importance of risk for healthy ... read more

A Little Nonsense Now and Then…

A Little Nonsense Now and Then…

This morning at Seedlings I bit a tree. I bit the tree branch for a few minutes, and it didn’t taste good. Generally speaking ... read more

Seed Scavenger Hunt = Play + Nature + Art

Seed Scavenger Hunt = Play + Nature + Art

Our Roots & Shoots Shooting Stars (ages 5-12) tried something new recently: a seed scavenger hunt in the natural verges of ... read more

Is it Art or is it Science?

Is it Art or is it Science?

by Meade Peers McCoy, Sunflower Director of Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives In my short time (6 months) at Sunflower 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

Sunflower Roots & Shoots go native!

Sunflower Roots & Shoots go native!

by Wynna Dunmyer, Sunflower Nature Associate What if you could step outside and name all the plants and animals in your backyard? Would read more