Learning Through Experience

Subcategories of Learning Through Experience

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

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

Top Five Realizations about being a stay-at-home dad

Top Five Realizations about being a stay-at-home dad

posted by Andy Hatcher As my wife, Van, wraps up the first semester of her Ph.D. program here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ... 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

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

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

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

Positive Spaces

Positive Spaces

From the green middle of the park I follow the sidewalk all the way around with my eyes, like tracing a line. It occurs to me this is ... 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

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

It’s All About the Process: process-oriented art

It’s All About the Process: process-oriented art

It’s All About the Process: At Sunflower, as in life, some of the deepest lessons are learned by doing. This series explores the ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering Play at the US Play Coalition Conference

Remembering Play at the US Play Coalition Conference

At Sunflower we believe the world would be a healthier, happier place if we all played more– even adults! Here's how Susan remembered ... 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