Preschoolers

The essence of Seedlings

The essence of Seedlings

My daughter Emily started Seedlings last week. The first week of Seedlings, I took lots of pictures trying to capture the essence of ... 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

Seedlings Spaghetti Day 2012!!!

Seedlings Spaghetti Day 2012!!!

Spaghetti Day: it’s an annual end-of-year event in our Seedlings program. It’s oily. It’s gooshy. It’s a ... read more

One Day at Sunflower: Through the eyes of Mihai

One Day at Sunflower: Through the eyes of Mihai

Some days are more challenging than others, even when you’re three years old. Maybe especially when you’re three years old. read more

Recipe for Peace

Recipe for Peace

I know peace. I see, hear, and feel it whenever I’m around young children. [slideshow] I am constantly trying to find a personal ... read more

Patience is a virtue…

Patience is a virtue…

Above and beyond, the most common thing people say when I tell them I work with small children is, “You must have so much patience!” ... read more

Weaned on play

Weaned on play

by Wynna Dunmyer, Sunflower mom My baby weaned, again. At Bridging Day last week, Griffin my 5 year old last baby, weaned. This time it 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

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

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

Grandparent Adventures

Grandparent Adventures

 I really love my time with my grandchildren, ages 7 and 5. This summer we have planned Camp Susan on Mondays and Wednesdays. We are ... read more

Monkey on a satellite

Monkey on a satellite

I’m leaving for vacation this afternoon, and I’m (of course, as always) bringing my camera. One of my favorite parts of traveling is ... read more

The Most Important Thing in the World

The Most Important Thing in the World

There’s a funny thing that happens when a child holds onto something for long enough. The object, no matter how seemingly ... 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

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

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

Questions from the backseat

Questions from the backseat

"Mommy, when will I born a baby?" This is what my four-year-old son asked me from the backseat of the car yesterday. read more

So hard to leave…

So hard to leave…

Everybody who’s ever taken a class at Sunflower and then stayed afterwards while their kids played on the playground has, at some point read more

What’s your passion?

What’s your passion?

At the Seedlings Family Kick Off that Jonathan posted about last week, one of the questions we parents were asked was, ... 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