One of the best ways to engage young children is to take advantage of their natural curiosity. Project-based learning is a teaching method that helps them acquire necessary skills without stifling their creativity and curiosity. Perhaps most importantly, a project-based approach is suitable for all children. Whether you have children with special needs or developmental delays, or if they are non-native speakers of the language, the of a project-based approach enhances the learning experience of all children.

Keep Kids Engaged

Project-based learning allows you the freedom to use a child’s natural curiosity in an educational setting. A question about tree…


It is commonly known that physical activity is beneficial for children for many reasons; from improving health and wellness to stimulating the mind and body, physical activity can help promote good habits and a healthy lifestyle. Despite this common knowledge, many children are often required to spend a majority of their school day sitting. While this requirement is believed to be conducive to more attentiveness in students, this sedentary tendency is largely more detrimental. Rather than require children to sit all day, it is encouraged that they are involved in activities that get them moving.

Neurological Benefits

To understand how…


Preparing your child for a successful future in their educational or professional experiences has become a priority for many parents. Enrolling your child in several extracurricular activities is commonly seen as promising for children as it exposes them to social situations, new skill sets, and expanded perspectives. However, while there are certainly benefits to structuring your child’s day-to-day life, there are a number of detriments that can hinder their development and future success.

Limited Opportunities for Growth

Though it may seem counterintuitive, over-structuring your child’s life actually limits their developmental capabilities. Without free time to play and structure their own…


Young children learn best through their own curiosity and discovery. By observing their environment and peers, interacting with their surroundings, and obeying their instincts and impulses in a safe, educational space, children are able to craft their own education. Exploration is an essential part of development in academic spaces as well as in everyday life.

Independence & Autonomy

Facilitating education by exploration, especially with young children, can help them develop a strong sense of self by allowing them to investigate topics, objects, scenarios, and more that interest them. …


Building a child’s vocabulary is the first step to ensuring their success in school. When children are learning to read, their existing vocabulary will be the basis on which they form their reading and communication skills. It helps them understand what they are reading, allowing a greater amount of comprehension. For this reason, it is important to work to improve your child’s vocabulary.

Communication

You can expose your child to new words simply by conversing with them on a regular basis. Don’t be afraid to use words that the child might not immediately understand; allowing them to organically learn how…


Imaginary friends are common inventions from children who seek additional interaction beyond their families and classmates. Though you may be inclined to think imaginary friends are detrimental to social abilities or general wellbeing, regularly engaging with imaginary friends can be beneficial to a child’s development.

From your perspective, your child might have fixated on a certain stuffed toy or has simply made acquaintance with the empty air beside them. From your child’s perspective, on the other hand, an imaginary friend could take on any shape or form. …


With technology usage increasing in everyday life and in schools, children may be experiencing a disconnect and lack of understanding when it comes to nature. While the idea of a forest school has existing in Europe for decades, it has a small but growing presence in the United States. Its popularity and integration stems from the recognition that nature plays an important part in our lives, as well as that a child’s curiosity and imagination are integral to their development and the process of learning.

Though an outdoor school may seem foreign, it is built upon principles that encourage engagement…


Play is considered to be a natural part of childhood, but what most people may not know is that play provides a number of benefits and essential experiences for the healthy development of children in both body and mind. Over the next few months, I will be watching and reviewing a number of TED talks regarding play, play-based learning, and non-traditional education, and why such methods and activities are beneficial.

Learning is fun and learning is multiplayer.

Gabe Zichermann’s talk, “How Games Make Kids Smarter,” explores how video games and game theory can effectively promote higher intelligence as well as…


Whether it be music, computer skills, art, movement, science, or math, Little Seeds of Carroll Gardens offers exceptional programs in these areas that both challenge children and encourage them to explore the world around them all while having an immense amount of fun.

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Play is considered to be a natural part of childhood, but what most people may not know is that play provides a number of benefits and essential experiences for the healthy development of children in both body and mind. Over the next few months, I will be watching and reviewing a number of TED talks regarding play, play-based learning, and non-traditional education, and why such methods and activities are beneficial.

“Play rules the day”

In Isabel Behncke’s talk “Evolution’s Gift of Play, from Bonobo Apes to Humans,” she explores the Bonobo community, a species considered to be one of humanity’s…

Little Seeds of Carroll Gardens

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