Movement, play and brain development

We explored, in previous posts (for example, here and here) , the importance of motor activity, and particularly play for brain development, and the importance of movement and play in improving learning. A lovely short article, from our sister school in Philadelphia, described the incorporation in that school of the “moveable classroom” (sic). Well worth…

Fun & Games

Fun and Games was the topic of the final two days of our Faculty Work Week. Playworks, a national non-profit organization, supports our endeavors to incorporate healthy, inclusive play for every student into every school day. Our trainer, Sean, enthusiastically shared some of his techniques for building rapport, using signals and attention getters, implementing transitions,…

Does sucking your thumb prevent allergies?

Many books on parenting and child psychology include extensive discussions of the perils of thumb sucking and nail biting, and offer an array of (sometimes bizarre) suggestions to “conquer” these behaviors. Among the many ills attributed to these behaviors are a perceived risk of developing addictive disorders, malformation of developing teeth, speech abnormalities and infections….