If you had a magic pot, what would you like it to make?

November 3rd, 2016

Usually we ask a question of the day based on a book we read at circle time, and we write down all the answers.  However, after reading Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola, we asked the children to draw an illustration about the story based on a question…. If you had a magic pot, what […]

Top 5 Places To Go With Your (Rural or Urban) Kid in the Hudson Valley

April 28th, 2016

Scrolling through my Facebook feed recently, I saw a blog post titled Top Five Outdoor Places To Bring Your Child In the Hudson Valley. Being a savvy reader of my Facebook feed, Atlantic articles, and Instagram, I could infer from the post what it said and didn’t bother to read it. All research aside, what […]

Writing Happens!

March 24th, 2016

Writing happens every where. It does not need to be forced, prodded, pushed, or imposed. Writing is symbolic. And just like in pretend play, if your child can assign a symbolic meaning to an object (ex. using a block as a cell phone), they can assign a symbolic meaning to a letter, and then to […]

What Makes Play Important?

January 13th, 2016

There are several methods that Livingston Street uses to encourage learning and creativity within the group care setting.  Some education approaches are obvious (ie. reading books or playing instructional games). Other teaching approaches are less obvious (ie. creating a meaningful teacher/child bond or using certain materials/toys in play). The teacher/child bond is most important because […]

Home For Bears

December 4th, 2015

“This is a children’s home for bears. It’s night time and they are going to go on an adventure, Cheryl.” According to Wikipedia, “Play is a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities normally associated with recreational pleasure and enjoyment.” Yet, in the early childhood setting, play is the vehicle by which children learn. Play is […]

Learning Through Block Play

July 23rd, 2015

By Faith Delozier and Cheryl Demuth Summer. It’s a word that holds so much adventure and opportunity, fun and play, new friendships and  fresh challenges. Yet, as parents and caregivers of young children, it can also be a time of confusion and anxiety. For many children at Livingston Street, the summer months are the last […]