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

Improvisation

Improvisation

I dropped Sierra off at Seedlings this morning and rushed back out the gate. “I’m running home where it’s quiet to write my blog for ... 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

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

Is too much screen time hurting our kids?

Is too much screen time hurting our kids?

I have to admit, when my son Alex started paying attention to TV at about 17 months, I was pretty ecstatic. It was 1996 and he watched ... 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

Play and Trust

Play and Trust

Sitting at a train crossing tonight, I looked up expecting to see freight cars zooming by. Only flat cars carrying huge dull looking ... read more

Some Serious Resources on Play

Some Serious Resources on Play

We don’t have leaf piles or snow piles here in south Florida, but occasionally we have large construction sand piles. Yesterday I drove 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

I call it tiny. My kids call it nature. | KaBOOM!

I call it tiny. My kids call it nature. | KaBOOM!

Congratulations to Sunflower blogger Victoria Green, 4th place winner in KaBOOM!‘s national guest blogging contest. Go Victoria! ... read more

Spring Gratitude

Spring Gratitude

The first days of May bring back childhood memories of scissors snipping and piles of construction paper scraps. The excitement of ... 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

In defense of a magical childhood

In defense of a magical childhood

In the harsh light of this fast-paced and highly-pressured world, my childhood memories of wonder and innocence are still part of who I 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

Flying

Flying

This time last year my youngest son, Steven, had been safely back home in the States for about a month, after a year in Afghanistan. My 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

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

The rush to read

The rush to read

Cindy Thagard’s thoughtful post Falling Down made me think about the many times as parents when we have to really think our way ... 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

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