Kisha Reid

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.

Knee Deep In Play Podcast

Welcome to the Knee Deep In Play Podcast. Early Learning Professionals Kisha Reid and Heather Hansen talk play and learning in this early learning podcast.

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

A Seed Of Inquiry

Children ran from stump to stump flipping them on their side then squatting down softly brushing mulch and dirt to the side, sifting through the earth until they saw signs of life…a wiggle of a worm, a hole leading to the home of a cluster of ants, the rapid scurry of a centipede escaping the light.  The excitement is thick in the air, so thick you can feel it as they run with such purpose seeming to be deeply engulfed in the mission to discover life; foreign or familiar each discovery is exciting and celebrated.

In Their Natural Habitat

He walked with his chest out, arms swinging side to side taking hard march like steps. His smile stretched clear across his face, a look of satisfaction simmered in his eyes. He was HOME.. he was connected he was in nature. I had never seen that side of him, the side that exuded this kind of confidence, pride, and strength. He was only two, but somehow seemed older, wiser, and just plain POWERFUL. I continued to watch as he climbed, jumped, lifted and dragged heavy logs across the forest floor. He was nonstop as if a voice inside him was guiding his actions. From time to time he would gather with the other children in an imaginative scenario, they would rip and run, then regather adding new twists and turns to the plot and then rip and run again.

The Art of Connection

With every interaction and every encounter, we are either strengthening our connection or weakening it. Knowing this and being mindful of this drives me to put much thought behind my interactions with the children I spend my days with. 

A Space Like This

efore I knew about the Adventure  playground movement, I had a plan, a plan to make our playscape into one that mimicked the playscape that I spent my childhood in. It would be full of nature, overgrown grass, trees, water, dirt, and lots of “STUFF” to drag around and use in many ways.  The children would play freely and endlessly in this space, losing track of the time, only stopping to refuel and dive right back in. There would be little nooks and crannies for play that was best spent with one other person, or out of the watchful eye of adults. There would be free access to water, shady areas, and spaces that they could alter and develop all on their own.

DP_0040 Bridges

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DP_0039 Inclusion and Exclusion

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DP_0038 Peter Gray Interview

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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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