The Parish School Blog

May 16, 2018

Loose parts take part in Early Childhood play

Loose parts play has been a part of a Parish education since the school opened in 1983. Learn how we're expanding upon this type of play in our early childhood program today.
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.