“Democracy is hard. It demands teamwork, compromise, respect for rules and a willingness to engage with other opinionated, vociferous individuals. It also demands practice. The best place to get that practice may be out on the playground.”
TFI cuts back on the blinking lights, reduces the volume, and opens early once a quarter for kids who would otherwise be too overwhelmed by the stimulation of the regular Franklin Institute displays.
Attention Philly parents! Check out this guide for places to beat the heat this summer:
Have fun and stay cool 🙂
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released new findings that demonstrate the benefits of recess for children and their schools:
“When elementary schools create a safe and healthy recess for students, there can be a major impact on individual kids and school climate overall. In schools with safe and healthy recess students are more active, more cooperative, and more likely to use strong conflict resolution tools. Schools also see more drops in bullying and disciplinary referrals, and reductions in the number of conflicts that start in recess, spill back into class, and take up valuable class time to resolve.”
Check it out here:
Check out this resource for families in the Philadelphia area, including their list of things to do in terrible weather (like tomorrow!):
For our local readers: Check out this list of family-friends activities that are both fun and free this winter!
During this holiday week, we hope you enjoy lots of family storytelling and lively discussions with your little ones. Research shows that telling family stories has tremendous emotional and educational benefits for children, so if you need a little inspiration, check out these links for family storytelling activities: Continue reading