Welcome to our page. We are a group of moms who have a firm belief in positive parenting and play based learning. We hope to inspire, uplift, and empower you all to be the best moms (and dads) you can be. Our contributors consist of moms (obviously), educators, and therapists. We hope you enjoy it, live it, and share with us as much as possible. We are here for inspiration, not imitation. We hope you take what you love and leave the rest.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
An invitation is simply and extension of our children's play. Its a way to
either build upon existing knowledge and delve deeper into the interests and curiosities of our
children, or a way to inspire engaged exploration - to inspire an outpouring of ideas, questions, and emotions. An invitation can be anything. It can as simple as a bowl of strawberries
sitting on a table or as complex as something like THIS:
We usually set up invitations when our children are sleeping
(or even when they are engaged in independent play). Most of our days are spent outside playing and exploring nature, but when our children show a deep interest in something (or if its a rainy day), we use those times to extend their play (through invitations). There are also times where our children take
an active role in setting up an invitation (I guess it wouldn’t really be
considered an “invitation” in that case, would it? At any rate, there is value to the child playing an active role. There can be a lot of great opportunities to learn during the setting up process.).
Invitations can be accepted, denied, played with and then
cleaned up, or left out for days to revisit. Its all about free play so we never force our children to engage in anything we set up for them. Is it worth the mess? The
time? The energy? In our opinion – absolutely. Everything we do for our children is “worth
it” – even the invitations that flop. We
may find a sense of disappointment in the flops, but when an invitation is a
hit, that makes up for all of the flops.