Barbara Sheridan

Kisha Reid is the owner and director of Discovery Early Learning Center: A Place for Childhood a wonderful play-based program located in Poolesville Maryland. She has been in the early childhood field for 27 years and continues to actively work in the classroom with children 3-5 years old. Her passion for authentic childhood has led her to found an advocacy group called Play Empowers which focuses on promoting developmentally appropriate play based education for young children.

Dirty Playologist Podcast

Welcome to the Dirty Playologist Podcast. Early Learning Professionals Kisha Reid and Barbara Sheridan talk play and learning in this nature-focused early learning podcast. This

Learning At Play

Around seven to ten years old, children begin to learn outside of pretend play, sensory play, and exploratory play. They still play, but they also want to read, watch the world, and talk to others.

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There! (Part 2)

In my forest kindergarten the children are very big dragon slayers – building and fortifying their castles from dragon attack to looking for dragon tracks to actually (shudder) going to look for them in the dense woods, it is a huge group activity. Do I get involved? The short answer is no. The longer answer is that I do if I am needed to as part of the facilitation process.

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There! (Part 1)

As early childhood educators and teachers most of us love to get down and dirty and play. We love to be fully engaged with the kids, playing as if we were kids. What can be wrong with that? Why am I selective about these times?

Worksheets? Never! Well Almost Never…

It is getting to be late fall and most programs have gotten in the groove–the kids are settled and starting to explore and pursue their interests.

When it comes to early learning, children generally just need play, and just want play! Their play often forms around real-world scenarios–like pretending to be in school. For younger children, this play looks different from what one would think of as ‘school’. It’s based on their limited experience and knowledge about the whole idea of happens at this place called school.

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DP_0037 Trouble

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DP_0036 Playable Part 2

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DP_0035 Playable Part 1

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