Planting Day

NC.  It was a huge and quite thrilling step forward in implementing the design I did for the school in 2010. First, a little history.   Many of the projects I work on start with one person’s vision. In Elizabeth City, that person was Linda Ward, Director of Federal...

Early Childhood Outside

I am excited and proud to announce an upcoming training event on April 14 from 9-12:30 at Beverly Hills Preschool in Alexandria sponsored by NoVA Outside. The day will open with an intriguing panel on The Value of Risk. Sissy Walker of WISE Educational Services will...

Building Stuff Outside with Kids: Learning Happens Naturally

The sun was shining. The kids– lots of kids– were outside. It was simple and inexpensive and fun. Bamboo (harvested in advance from a grateful neighbor’s yard) Kudzu (pulled by kids from the edges of the schoolyard) A ball of string A bale of straw...

Child’s Right to Risk

This post represents a summary of several talks at the recent “International Green Schoolyard Conference”.  Although I agree wholeheartedly with all of the ideas described below, I cannot take credit for many of the thoughts.  Because the speakers’...

Patching the Playhouses

Here is the story of a natural building project I love… If you aren’t familiar with natural building, it is, basically, using natural, non-manufactured materials to create soul-soothing, sculptural structures.  My favorite is earth-building, which uses in...

Welcome to the very first EarlySpace blogpost!

Children need nature.  Here in the Capitol area we are rediscovering that in a big way.  Natural play and learning are coming to DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Teachers are learning about how to teach outdoors and how to support outdoor learning; schools and...

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