August 24th, 2019 As I sit here next to my window and sitting at this little desk/office/ spiritual place my wife and I created last weekend. It was one of those moments where she offered, “Hey do you want to move the living room around?” We have talked about it before but you know, you … Continue reading Making Space
Mmm the Magic Blanket. Sounds magical right? Well it definitely is. It can transport you anywhere you would like to go while feeling safe, contained, and connected. This is a special tool that is very well known to Dance/Movement Therapists and perhaps other expressive art therapists, educators, or occupational therapists. I discovered this Body Band … Continue reading The Magic Blanket
Ever since I was a kid, I always found tire swings to be exciting and fun! I remember when we had one for a little bit and it was the highlight of my day. It is such a simple-open ended material that is recycled but has so much power in bringing joy, movement, creativity, imagination, … Continue reading The Tire Swing: Where learning and play happens
Everyday in some way or another, I get the chance to pretend to fly around the world with my co-pilot also known as my 10 year old client. We dive into the sky together and learn and practice how to be co-pilots. We navigate sharing our ideas and expressing ourselves to each other when we … Continue reading Come Fly With Me
As I have shared in the past with you, I create and play games in the play yard in the afternoon with the mixed age group of children ages 2-4. This is a large age difference and is very interesting to observe these different humans together. How they interact with each other and how they … Continue reading “What do you like?” Game
As both a Teacher and a Dance/Movement therapist, I have the luxury to step into both shoes at the preschool that I work with and share my love for both. While we play outside in the afternoon, there are times when I have to be a Hawk and watch and observe the children making sure … Continue reading “Teacher Rachael, Let’s Play the Movement Game!”
As a preschool teacher, there are many moments that are so rewarding and others, that are difficult, unsolvable, frustrating, and exhausting. People always ask, what is it that I am teaching. I often say, “Teaching them how to be human.” It’s more about teaching them how to be a communicative, kind, open, confident, self-loving human … Continue reading The Talking Bracelet
As I contemplate what to write about, I think about what we all hear pretty often around this time of year. Through social media, commercials, ads, etc, we’re told either directly or indirectly that we must be better. The new year represents a time to start over. But does it also mean to reflect? I … Continue reading A New Year, A New You?
Even though I didn’t have one particular stuffed animal or material when I was a child, I have always been fond of stuffed animals. I had a million. If you were born in the early 90’s, perhaps you had one of these as well which is the hanging canopy over your bed where your stuffed … Continue reading The magic behind Stuffed Animals and objects…
Play is a four lettered word that has so much meaning and joy to it. Everyone can relate to this word somehow. When I was little I would play fairies and mermaids and play with my dollhouse, play inside, play outside, play with markers, and even, play with my fingers. Even as an adult, I … Continue reading Play.