Are They Hazards or Acceptable Risks?

Are They Hazards or Acceptable Risks?

By Erin Kenny ©2017 Would you consider nettles growing in a daycare center’s outdoor space, where crawling babies have access, to be a hazard or a risk? Would you consider a ground hornet nest in your outdoor classroom’s main area to be a hazard or a risk? One community’s hazard is another community’s acceptable risk. […]

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What Will They Play With If There Are No Toys?

What Will They Play With If There Are No Toys?

By Erin Kenny ©2017 At Cedarsong’s Forest Kindergarten there are no store-bought toys or fancy playground equipment to entertain the children during their four-hour nature immersion time. Instead, these children use their imagination to create toys from any number of forest found objects. The Cedarsong children’s creativity is enhanced as they use their imagination to […]

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This is Why Finland Has the Best Schools

This is Why Finland Has the Best Schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.” Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east […]

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The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was true half a century or […]

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