Natural Learning Alternative is a program that fosters natural learning through play and exploration in nature. The blog gives you a snap shot of what we do and who we are.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Play is Serious Business!
"When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them to feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit."~Fred Rogers
I just love this quote and am so lucky to be surrounded by a community who treats play as the serious business that it is!
Allowing our children to see us play as adults lets them know that we recognize that play is important work!
Allowing our children to create and engage fully in a play activity of their choice says, "I trust and respect you" and "what you are doing is important." You will often hear me say to the children, "you worked hard on that" (because they did)!
"A four-year-old will be a four-year-old only once. Concentrate on meeting his present needs. Don't foist future academics on him. If he's allowed to truly play now-spontaneous play with room for running, leaping, ka-powing, crying, dancing, paining, spilling, and creative problem-solving-then he will be ready for academics later. When children gain social and emotional skills and confidence in the preschool years, academic learning naturally follows."
By offering the tools for different kinds of play we give children new opportunities for exploring and discovering. Whether it's a silk, a pencil, a whole lot of tape or MORE water, we take it seriously!
Encouraging nature play creates an appreciation and love for of our planet! These are our future gardeners and scientists!
"We are all artists. The problem is how to remain and artist once you grow up." ~Pablo Picasso
We are all artists and allowing children to play and create in their own way everyday keeps this message alive!
Friday, April 21st: NO NLA (I will be traveling to Florida for Kristen's college orientation/ Family Day).
Tuesday, May 2nd: NO NLA-join us Wednesday for May Day this week!
Wednesday, May 3rd: NLA May Day Celebration! Music, face painting, and May Pole fun too!
Please RSVP on Meetup for this event.
Friday, May 19th: Bridging Day for everyone! ALL NLA days invited and encouraged to attend! I used to just bridge the children who were "moving on," but it can be confusing for the younger children, so now we bridge anyone who wants to bridge! This is a sweet ceremony where the children get a little keepsake and we say something special about each child! Shhhhh....we are also bridging my daughter Kristen too as she heads off to college! Please join us!
Sign-ups for summer NLA are happening soon, so please let me know which dates (I will have the sign-up sheets at school next week you want to join us). Payment is required ahead to save your space.
Fall Sign-ups! Please let me know (if you haven't already done so) what day or days you would like to attend in the Fall! It will fill up quickly and I want to know ASAP how many available spaces we have.