Learning Through Experience

Subcategories of Learning Through Experience

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

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

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

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

I Want to Play Too!

I Want to Play Too!

One day while I’m out running I stop at the park in my neighborhood. I look around to make sure nobody is watching, and then I jump on ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Their Right to Play

Their Right to Play

I have always felt the need to fiercely protect childhood and play. Why? Kids at play epitomize exactly what we as adults all strive ... read more

The wonder of worms

The wonder of worms

“Is there really that much to know about composting?” my husband asked me the other day. We were looking out into our ... read more

Walking to School with Suzie

Walking to School with Suzie

We only live about a mile from my six-year-old daughter’s school. So one bright morning, although it’s not our usual routine, we decide 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

Get Outside! (South Florida Nature Resources)

Get Outside! (South Florida Nature Resources)

This month, Sunflower celebrates Earth Day all month long, with a series of nature-related events. You may not realize how many natural 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

“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

Discovering “hidden” farms

Discovering “hidden” farms

I sometimes think of South Florida as a vast wasteland of chain stores and  gated communities filled with identical homes. ... read more