A Not So Digital World

Would it surprise you to know that the time children 8 and younger spend on mobile devices has tripled in four years? In today's digital world, families are exposed to more screen time than ever before. Smartphones, tablets, YouTube and many popular games, are just a few of the many sources of electronic connection that vie for time and attention from both parents and children. More and more research is showing the detrimental effects of television and computers on young children, which range from rising levels of obesity, to low reading levels and hyperactivity. Childhood is the time for learning through activity. We encourage children to play energetically and imaginatively, to spend lots

A Day in the Life of a Playgarden Teacher

A big part of my everyday is observing children. Watching them play, interact, communicate and share. I also see children who struggle to “play” with our open ended simple wooden toys. The idea behind “open ended” toys is that they do not have one purpose or way to play with them. Wooden blocks can become a castle, a house, a walkway, a sandwich or a stairway to the sky. I’ve seen groups of kids texting each other (gasp!) on little wood rectangles. The thing is, in their mind, it looks like a phone and the imaginary play becomes real for them; they can happily play anything their minds and hearts can imagine. The children that I see who struggle to get into deep imaginative play are th

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