Learning Through Experience

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Get outside! But first, read this… (Nature Resources from our Blog and Beyond)

Get outside! But first, read this… (Nature Resources from our Blog and Beyond)

In most of the country, autumn/winter is the time of the year when nature goes dormant. In South Florida, this is our season– for read more

Gardening for good with Sunflower Roots & Shoots

Gardening for good with Sunflower Roots & Shoots

Last Saturday I woke up bright and early to visit Sunflower’s Roots & Shoots Re-Cycos group at the Boca Raton Community ... read more

New Scientific Research Proves: Recess is More Fun!

New Scientific Research Proves: Recess is More Fun!

Keith Richardson is a member of the Sunflower Creative Arts Board of Directors. He is a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University 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

Play helps a neighborhood find a sense of community

Play helps a neighborhood find a sense of community

Six months ago, we moved to a new neighborhood. We were moving from a townhouse with almost no yard, and while my boys seemed to be ... 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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Positive Spaces

Positive Spaces

I walk with my puppy, Violet the vizsla–a five-month-old spring of sniffing curiosity and play and tireless energy–along ... read more

Playing with Trees

Playing with Trees

When was the last time your eyes floated up above your head and you looked at a tree? I mean, really looked. At the leaves, the ... read more

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

Sledding, South Florida Style

Sledding, South Florida Style

Kids have been playing with cardboard boxes since the beginning of disposable packaging– and rolling down hills since the invention of ... 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

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

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

Reading Aloud with Interaction: You can’t mess it up!

Reading Aloud with Interaction: You can’t mess it up!

Reading aloud: it can sometimes be a bit intimidating when you first dive into a new book. Here are some tips to make reading time with read more