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How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate — and not educate — the youngest students. She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a

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A sentimental education: inside the school that Tilda built

Late last year, Drumduan Upper School received its first government inspection. In an era of merciless performance targets and obsessive testing, any school administrator would naturally feel apprehensive. Drumduan’s head teacher, Krzysztof Zajaczkowski, a working-class son of Polish immigrants who has an instinctive distrust of authority, expected to be shut down. He had not forgotten

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Let the Kids Learn Through Play

TWENTY years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in their own heads or with classmates. But increasingly, these activities are being abandoned for the teacher-led, didactic instruction typically used in higher grades. In many schools, formal

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Rest in Peace

Marshal Rosenberg has been an inspiration − offering tools to communicate in a peaceful paradigm. He is the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that “helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully.” He was the founder and former Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication,

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Teaching Children Empathy

When Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project released their report, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values,” many parents and educators — myself included — were surprised to learn that despite all our talk about instilling character and empathy, kids may value academic achievement and individual happiness over

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Children Need Free Play, but Are ‘Unschoolers’ Giving Them Too Much?

With the school day and school year increasing, homework loads growing and ballet, soccer and Mandarin taking over the rest of their time, children today have very little opportunity to simply … play. “We’ve created an abnormal environment,” Peter Gray, a psychology professor at Boston College and the author of the book “Free to Learn,”

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Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. “The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons

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Why Teenagers Act Crazy

ADOLESCENCE is practically synonymous in our culture with risk taking, emotional drama and all forms of outlandish behavior. Until very recently, the widely accepted explanation for adolescent angst has been psychological. Developmentally, teenagers face a number of social and emotional challenges, like starting to separate from their parents, getting accepted into a peer group and

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We are live again!

We are now re-open for business! After six months we are excited to announce that we are live again!! Yes − we are coming through with kids vintage and more − adding new items weekly. This weeks offerings are for the summer days to come – available here. Thank you to Sunday for the beautiful

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Echo Park Craft Fair

Come visit us at the Echo Park Craft Fair this weekend and receive 25% off clothing, accessories and homewares. We will also have a selection of Burden Baskets and Bowls by Nanette Sullano. Echo Park Craft Fair 821 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90013 Saturday, May 11th, 12-7pm Sunday, May 12th, 12-6pm

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waanaki at Creatures of Comfort

waanaki — a temporary shop for children December 15 — January 13, 2013 Reception: Saturday, December 15, 4-7pm Creatures of Comfort Los Angeles is pleased to present waanaki — a temporary shop for children, organized by Nanette Sullano. The shop and exhibition will take place at the Creatures of Comfort Los Angeles Flagship Store at

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We are now open!

We are excited to announce the launch of waanaki.com, and welcome you to peruse our online shop for an assortment of vintage children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, and homewares; please also sign our mailing list to receive updates on new items and sales.

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