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?

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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Forest Kindergarten is STEM by Nature

By Erin Kenny ©2017 (Excerpt from Erin K. Kenny and Robin A. Rogers upcoming book “Teaching The Cedarsong Way: Lessons From an Award-winning Forest Kindergarten” set to be published in Spring 2018) Many in the education field are aware of the current buzz in early education called STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) or STEAM […]

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“I’m The Leader!”

By Erin Kenny ©2017 “I’m the leader!” “No, I’m the leader!” This is one of the most common exchanges you will hear at most any American preschool. Young children seem to have an almost obsessive need to be first but what that means to most of them is that they are in the front of […]

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What Does Kindergarten Readiness Even Mean?

By Erin Kenny ©2017 In the U.S., kindergarten readiness is a buzz phrase that is code for reading and writing. All entering kindergarteners are now expected to know how to read, write and do simple math. Unfortunately, because of this myopic view of what constitutes kindergarten readiness, developmentally inappropriate academic lessons are being pushed on […]

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Cedarsong Emergent Curriculum – October 2017

By Erin Kenny ©2017 October has been a wet and windy month this year although the temperatures are still unseasonably warm. We noticed that Brother Wind joined us on many days; we notice this element by the sound it makes through the leaves, by the way the tree branches begin to sway and by the […]

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