The Parish School Blog

Mar 21, 2018

More about the spaces we love: Adventure Play!

The Parish School is fortunate to have one of only five site-based adventure playgrounds in the United States and the only one based at a school. Adventure playgrounds are environments where children create their own worlds and build their own play space with a variety of tools and scrap material. With all of this stuff organized and built by children - with so much freedom, space, tools and child-directed activity, aren't these playgrounds rife with injury? To answer this question, Jill Wood, Director of Adventure Play at The Parish School, teamed with Morgan Leichter Saxby, PhD candidate in Playwork at Leeds Beckett University and Co-Founder of Pop-Up Adventure Play for a comparative study...
Jan 31, 2018

Finding your Inner Child: Tips for Supporting Engagement and Learning Through Play

Play is a child’s natural state. It is through play that a child works through their emotions and learns language, fine and gross motor skills, social language and academic concepts. Research shows that children absorb even more when engaged in play with an adult. However, playing may feel unnatural and like hard work for parents. With these tips, even the most serious adult will be able to find their inner child!
Jan 3, 2018

Building Blocks of Play

If play is the work of children, then toys are their tools. Some of the most recommended and favored toys for young children are simple blocks. While blocks may seem “old-school” because they lack the bells and whistles of today’s modern toys, they are a staple in early childhood programs and toy boxes across the globe for good reason.
Dec 6, 2017

Rejuvenate Together – Through Music

The holidays are filled with beautiful sounds (and sights) that make this time unlike any other. And a much-needed break from work, however brief, gives us an opportunity to rest and enjoy the simple things that fill our lives – family, friends, meals and traditions. Our children are also taking a well-deserved break from their own routine. However, the sudden lack of structure can often be a difficult adjustment for children and families alike. The increased time with your child can be a wonderful opportunity to find new ways to play together, that rejuvenate you both! Music is one of the most simple and ideal ways to achieve this. Here are 7 simple suggestions to connect and refresh in play with your child through music.