I don’t know about your children but my children love to play outdoors. They could be crabby all day: whining, complaining, loafing around….all I have to do is open the door and send them outside and it is instant happy. So, this post is actually a sort of public service announcement, sponsored by the Voice of Play. They want (and I want!) to remind you to enjoy the nice days outside. Every child deserves to spend time outside running and playing on playgrounds and beyond.
Play is so beneficial to children! Play is an essential child development tool. Research shows that outdoor free play helps development of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills. Play is not only fun but it is active and healthy. It helps develop reflexes, fine motor, gross motor, balance and flexibility. Play is therapeutic and social. Kids learn life lessons on the playground! Life is not just about being book smart but street smart and common sense. Playing outdoors on the playgrounds and beyond helps teach children to explore their world.
I wanted to share with you some pictures of my kids playing outdoors. Actually, one of my FAVORITE things in the entire world is taking pictures of my kids playing on the playground. They are so happy on the playground and taking candid shots while they swing and play just makes me happy. I am sure people at the park think I am ‘that crazy lady with the camera’ because I am always in their face, but, I don’t really care because I will have a lifetime of happiness looking at their faces playing on the playground! Anyway, here are all my crazies playing on the playground…
As a thank you to The Voice of Play for the post and because I truly feel that play is extremely important for children, I am giving away our Play sight word book! If you are following our free online reading program , children will be able to read this book on their own after day 25! This book features cute people and little animals playing outdoors in the snow. Here are a few pictures from the book…I hope this encourages your children to get outside and play!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.