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Perspectives of Play

(this photographic belongs to my personal archive)

Satomi Izumi-Taylor, University of Memphis
Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, Göteborg University
Cosby Steele Rogers, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


“Research regarding play is complex, and culture is a key factor in determining how people in different nations view play. People with different cultural backgrounds tend to pay attention to different characteristics of the same phenomena (Azuma, 1986); because teachers’ perspectives on play are influenced by their own cultures, these perspectives vary widely. Teachers’ perceptions of play affect children’s experiences in their classrooms. Thus, we felt, as scholars doing research in Japan, Sweden, and the United States, that comparing teachers’ perceptions of play in those countries could provide insights that might expand the discourse about play in those countries and internationally. We also felt that our findings could prove useful to those who wish to design effective early childhood education programs.

We anticipate that our research on perspectives on play expressed by American, Japanese, and Swedish early childhood educators can provide a basis for reflection and understanding among the educators in these nations who, in spite of cultural differences, all recognize play as essential in children’s development and learning (Izumi-Taylor, Rogers, & Pramling Samuelsson, 2007).”

…continue reading this article titled Perspectives of Play in Three Nations: A Comparative Study in Japan, the United States, and Sweden via the Early Childhood Research and Practice website


…original stories for kids, read by kids. 50 added every month. Submit yours!

Do you ever video tape your children during a storytelling session? After watching a handful of Smories, I am inspired to make the recording of storytelling (and dramatic play) common practice for Urban Preschool – to enhance story development, prop making, play writing, puppet shows and full on books!

via e-glue

Food For Life

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture.

By developing a whole school food policy and action plan for your school, you can influence and improve the health of your students and the whole school community.

Schools can play a key role in equipping young people and their families with the skills and knowledge they need to maintain lifelong healthy and climate-friendly eating habits.

The school environment provides an excellent opportunity to help establish these good habits from a young age.”

Dirt! The Movie + Study Guide

Directed & Produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow

“Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Dirt is the ultimate natural resource for all life on earth.

Yet most humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource. Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods, and global warming, and wars. If we continue on our current path, Dirt might find another use for humans, as compost for future life forms.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Another world, in which we treat dirt with the respect it deserves, is possible and we’ll show you how.

The film offers a vision of a sustainable relationship between Humans and Dirt through profiles of the global visionaries who are determined to repair the damage we’ve done before it’s too late. There are many ways we can preserve the living skin of the earth for future generations. If you care about your food, water, the air you breathe, your health and happiness…”

Click the image below for a variety of education resources (pdf), useful with children of any age and you might learn a new thing or two. Happy Earth Day, EVERY DAY!

Education For All

This morning I visited the UNESCO Headquarters to take in the Education For All photography exhibition which is set up along the railings around the building at 125 avenue de Suffren, Paris 7e , from April 1st to April 30th

“This photographic exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Education for All goals. In striving for Education for All, it is our duty to ensure that all children, youths and adults can claim their share of the better future that education promises.”

“These pictures capture the extraordinary efforts that ordinary people are making to secure an education. The visually impaired girl in Ethiopia learning with her friends, the indigenous child being taught in her mother tongue in Peru, and the mobile schools serving pastoralists in Uganda all bear testimony to the resolve of parents and children.”

Thought provoking and inspiring! Follow the World Education Blog to stay informed.

On your mark, get set…

FOUR YEARS. GO. is a rallying call asking us all to…

Wake Up to the enormous harm we are doing to Earth and ourselves

Wake Up to the profound opportunity we have now to create a future to match our deepest longing and greatest dreams

Become change agents in redirecting humanity’s current path from self-destruction to sustainability

Do it now. Don’t wait for any one or anything. And complete it by 2014.


One Day Without Shoes

Please spread the word – bring One Day Without Shoes into your child’s life, in whatever capacity you can, whether it be for 5 minutes or for 5 hours, in the classroom or close to home. Help spread awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can bring to a child’s life.

One Day Without Shoes is the day we spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. On April 8th, we ask people to go the day, part of the day or even just a few minutes, barefoot, to experience a life without shoes first-hand, and inspire others at the same time.

Through everyday encounters with domestic poverty, we are reminded to appreciate having food and shelter, but most of us all but forget about our feet. Food, shelter, AND shoes facilitate life’s fundamentals. Imagine a life without shoes; constantly aware of the ground in front of you, suffering regular cuts and scrapes, tending to infection after each walk, and enduring not only terrain, but heat and cold.

The problem is large, but the solution is simple. Wearing shoes and practicing basic hygiene can prevent both infection and disease due to unsafe roads and contaminated soil. By imagining a life barefoot, we can all contribute to the awareness of these conditions. On April 8th, communities, campuses, organizations, and individuals are banding together to walk barefoot for One Day Without Shoes.”

TAKE A WALK WITH US on April 8th, 2010. Take it even further, visit


Just discovered The North American Association for Environment Education, a “network of people who believe in teaching people how to think about the environment, not what to think.” I have spent the last hour exploring the Teachers section, I highly recommend that you take some time out to do the same.

A Conference !

The Power of Play

What is the National Institute for Play?

“The National Institute for Play is a 501c(3) non-profit public benefit corporation committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life. It is gathering research from diverse play scientists and practitioners, initiating projects to expand the clinical scientific knowledge of human play and translating this emerging body of knowledge into programs and resources which deliver the transformative power of play to all segments of society.”

This isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing resource but there is some valuable information and reference material available for both parents and teachers who believe in play.

Cloud Talk

A quick refresher for parents and teachers – more info available here at – when you see clouds, take some time out to talk about them and re-create them.

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