13 Signs That You Might Be a Crunchy Childcare Provider

I’ve been called crunchy a time or two as a parent and I’m also a bit “granola” in my practice as an early childhood educator. Now I can hear a few of you asking, “What does crunchy even mean?” Well,¬†¬†Wiktionary¬†defines crunchy as “Having sensibilities of a counter-culture nature lover or hippie; derived from the concept…

Moldable Beeswax

The days are growing shorter and though the leaves have just begun to show their autumn colors winter is already on my mind. As the weather begins to cool I find myself bringing more natural materials inside, preparing for the days when the cold is too much for the little ones to bear. I gather…

Following the Rhythm of Nature in Early Learning Curriculums

There is a chill in the air this morning, a distinct feeling of fall in the crisp breeze whispering in through the open classroom window. It is the time of the year when we begrudgingly say goodbye to bare feet and bundle up in our warm sweaters; we practice the buttons and zippers on our…

The Importance of Nature Play in Early Childhood Settings

By Natasha Kocher, RECE & Ryan Hasbury originally published in The Holistic Parent Magazine in August 2018 The forest is alive with laughter and joyful little voices as the children make their way down the path and into the trees. Huge logs quickly become balance beams and climbing structures to the imaginative explorers. Shoes are…