Book Review of Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Book Review of Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

There is so much research about how play supports learning. But how do you, as a teacher implement that in the classroom? You may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start.

If you’re interested in figuring out how to incorporate more play into school, especially at the early elementary school levels, I highly recommend reading

Secret Messages

Secret Messages

Inside: A fun arts and crafts activity to do with a social skills group. This is a great way to start a discussion hidden social rules.

Doing arts and crafts with social skills groups is awesome because it's fun but it’s also a playful way to teach. This lesson is all about about picking up on clues. This activity allows kids to write a secret message and reveal it.

Encourage Play Summer Giveaway

Encourage Play Summer Giveaway

Summer is the time for playing! To encourage play, we’re doing a giveaway, full of toys and games that are fun to play AND can help kids learn social skills. Here are some of my favorite toys and games that we’ve collected for our giveaway! These games can be used at home on a playdate, in a counselor’s office, or for playtime in a classroom.

10 Magnificent Games to Practice Social and Emotional Skills with Kids

10 Magnificent Games to Practice Social and Emotional Skills with Kids

Inside: An overview of 10 games that can be used to work on social-emotional learning at school, in small group settings or at home.

What was your favorite game to play as a kid? For me, it was Monopoly. My sister and I played this game all the time - it would keep us entertained for hours on a cold winter day.

15 Summer Activities to Help Your Kids Appreciate Nature

What are your kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you're lucky the ocean.

As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! Activities in nature, especially when done socially with their friends, family or teachers,  don’t just keep restless kids busy or entertained. They also offer great developmental benefits that will help them academically and socially.

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