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The Politics of Playgrounds, a History. Unless you're a frequent reader of parenting blogs, you might not know there's a major divide in the world of children's playgrounds.

The Politics of Playgrounds, a History

On the one side, you have the safety advocates who want lower structures, softer ground, and less opportunities for falling off or over, well, anything. On the other, those who worry that a safe playground is a boring playground that will do little to stimulate a child's imagination. The debate can seem quite technical – should playgrounds have foam floors, or wood chips? What would be better for the 5-year-olds who tumble off the monkey bars? Should there even be monkey bars, or is that just asking for trouble?

The debate has a very 21st century feel to it but it’s actually nothing new – these types of questions have been asked for at least a century. 1887: America’s First Playground America's first playground opened in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. 1898: Playgrounds to Save Souls 1903: Government-funded Play 1907: The Playground Goes National. Kids Gone Wild. Schemas - Science Experiments for Kids. Here is a collection of 30 amazing science experiments for kids of all ages to enjoy at home or school!

Science Experiments for Kids

We absolutely love trying out new science experiments together at home and are always on the look out for new amazing ideas to try! Thankfully there are many wonderful children’s activity blogs and education websites sharing some great ideas, and I have found our favourites from these to collate together into this bumper collection. Click the link description to go through to the full activity and see the instructions and more photos.

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The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?" In the fall of 2007, a new fifth-grade student arrived at Symonds Elementary School.

The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

His demeanor was reserved, and his attitude about attending a new school was skeptical. For this 11-year-old, life started in an orphanage, and many of his learning, social, and emotional challenges stemmed from this deprived early experience. Maintaining positive relationships with peers and adults was difficult. ACF Blog for Professionals - The Neurobiology of Christmas – 10 things Parents and Carers can do to help a traumatised child cope with this holiday season. This article was co-authored by T’Meika Knapp, Nicole Littler and Caroline Brown, Child Trauma Service Tasmania, at the Australian Childhood Foundation.

ACF Blog for Professionals - The Neurobiology of Christmas – 10 things Parents and Carers can do to help a traumatised child cope with this holiday season

The holiday period around Christmas is a time of celebration and joy for most families. 8 Key Social Media Trends for 2015. The 3rd annual Social Media Marketing World is, without a doubt, the largest gathering of the world's most influential social media juggernauts.

8 Key Social Media Trends for 2015

With the likes of Mari Smith, Guy Kawasaki, Ann Handley, Chris Brogan and Jay Baer (just to name a few), it’s clear to see that host Social Media Examiner has a pretty incredible Rolodex to call on for impactful, educational and engaging sessions. Over the course of two days, 2500+ attendees (plus virtual attendees) take in 150+ sessions with more than 100 speakers. The two-day attendee conference kicked off with Founder/CEO Michael Stelzner’s recap of their 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, a survey of 3700+ marketers.

Of those marketers, 58% spend 10 hours a week on social media, and 14% spend a mind-blowing 40+ hours a week on social media. Trend 1: YouTube Is Powerful. The Surprising Health Benefits Of Going Barefoot. Walking barefoot, also known as "earthing," has gone from being a kooky counter-culture trend, to a scientifically-researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing .

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Going Barefoot

Earthing means walking barefoot on soil, grass or sand (meaning: any natural surface). So we’ll have to get off the sidewalk. Earlystudies are showing that the health benefits come from the relationship between our bodies and the electrons in the earth. The planet has its own natural charge, and we seem to do better when we’re in direct contact with it. Why should you walk barefoot? A review published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health looked at a number of studies that highlight how drawing electrons from the earth improves health.

Another study found that earthing changed the electrical activity in the brain, as measured by electroencephalograms.

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Leadership. Attachment theory. Inside Pregnancy Weeks 28 37 BabyCenter. Pregnancy Week by Week the beautiful journey. Neuroscience. 8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids  ChildspaceCOI. Building Blocks FACILITATOR NOTES. Generations. Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better. Using Technology Appropriately in the Preschool Classroom. Introduction As technology for young children proliferates, educators and parents wonder if, when, and how to use it appropriately to support early development.

Using Technology Appropriately in the Preschool Classroom

Professional organizations concerned with children’s well-being feel pressured to issue position papers. For example, the policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Communications and Media (2011) states unequivocally that children under age two should not be exposed to any screen media and emphasizes the value of unstructured play for the young child’s developing brain. At the same time, AAP recognizes that high-quality interactive media can have educational benefits for children above age two, improving “social skills, language skills, and even school readiness” (p. 1041). A joint position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media (2012) goes further in green lighting technology.

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