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Life in the summer is good... until it is not.

Life in the summer is good…until it is not. Summer energy is as light and expansive as the air that surrounds us during these hot, sun-filled days. As parents and teachers at a Jacksonville Beach preschool, we savor the days of not getting up early, waking the children up, packing lunches, driving kiddos here and there by this time and by that time… As parents we crave open-endedness. A little inconvenient news: Open-endedness is quite uncomfortable for a young child. Young children crave time, even though they cannot put that into words. They crave the time to dive deep into play, but they also need to know when they’re going to eat (and even, perhaps, what they are going to eat), when t

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