An Instrument in Life

Sewing is a domestic art that is both practical in life and very instrumental in fostering the fine motor skills that will later be applied to writing. Not only does sewing help to develop the muscles in the fingers, the stitching helps to give a child experience with spacing, which will later translate into letter and word spacing. On another level, it also helps to strengthen their patience, perseverance, and their appreciation for the process not just the product, which are all skills that will serve them well in life. I personally love these moments that I get to spend with each individual child at The Playgarden preschool in Jacksonville Beach. I learn so much about them as I watch

A Beacon of Light

It was a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Torin Finser, one of Waldorf Education's most prominent and respected leaders, to visit The Playgarden in Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach on March 13th. Parents, Playgarden teachers, Spring River home school enrichment teachers and community members gathered in the Playgarden cottage surrounded by soft pastel silks and warm wooden toys to listen to Dr. Finser share information and shine his light. As a professor at Antioch University and author of several internationally recognized books, Dr. Finser shared insight into his educational experience in Waldorf education and the study of Anthroposophy. We learned and listened to stories of the importan

A Day At Dutton

The annual Dutton Island field trip was a magical one. New and old friends came together across all the classes, snacks were shared, and trees were climbed. I can't remember, but maybe we found that hill off in the brush again this year? The look outs were dazzling and the light danced across the water. Seeing families come together in nature is what our Jacksonville preschool and kindergarten is all about! It was the perfect day for spending time together in nature! The weather was cool and lovely—just right for hiking, playing by the water, looking for critters, and visiting with friends. Miss Jen told me how wonderful it was to share this day with the children and parents. In addition to

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