Some of my sweetest childhood memories are of long, lazy summertime days spent with my sister. We spent endless hours outside with the neighbor kids, playing kick ball and hopscotch, jumping rope and camping out in our backyard. Little did we know that we were building important social emotional skills through this kind of play. Read more from Laura DiCola in this post.
During the 2016 – 2017 school year’s last Rubber City Math Teachers’ Circle meeting on Thursday, May 18, attendees joined discussions and problem-solving activities related to the game “Spot It!” More than 30 teachers, university professors and school leaders participated. Read more about Math Teachers’ Circles here.
In Kaitlin Benner’s preschool classroom, crab walking, wheelbarrow racing and Army crawling is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, all are encouraged. When Benner taught kindergarten students, she noticed many students arrived to her classroom unprepared to tackle certain academic activities, such as writing and coloring. As she transitioned to preschool, Benner developed activities to supplement students’ learning in the classroom to build their motor skills.
Soft skills are hard-wired in children from a very young age. Children learn from watching and modeling. Read more from Summit Executive Director Derran Wimer’s message in the May 2017 “Align & Engage” e-newsletter here.
It is no wonder why Akron and surrounding communities have so far embraced the Akron Children’s Museum downtown. Its vibrant walls and open space welcome families to freely explore the interactive exhibits. Even the characters and graphics painted inside the museum seem to pop out of the walls to greet visitors. The environment lends itself to playfulness and imagination for all ages—not just the young children the museum was intended to serve. After all, it was imagination, persistence and a lot of creativity that made it happen.