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Early Childhoods students view of Erickson Woods Skokie Lagoon in Winnetka

Wandering Wednesday #16

Today, we were joined by a group of middle school students working to make a movie about Wandering Wednesdays. That’s pretty cool, so we were planning for a memorable day. And, if you’ve talked to your kindergartner, I’m guessing you’ve heard about the big event of Wandering Wednesday #16…but before we get to our adventurous

Kindergarten learning from Wandering Wednesday in Wilmette

Wandering Wednesday #13

Today’s Wandering Wednesday was shorter than usual (thank you Chicago weather), but we were still able to pack in some wonderful moments. Before heading out this morning, we read two books about animal homes: Mama Dug a Little Den and Over and Under the Snow. These books gave us beautiful insight into the hidden worlds of
Preschool students demonstrating executive function

Executive Function & Young Children

“Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize
Kindergarten class play-based learning in Evanston

Wandering Wednesday #1

It was a wonderful Wandering Wednesday! Our first adventure was everything we hoped it would be! We gathered in the morning to greet one another, to talk about what to expect for the day, to use the potty, and to read a book about the joy of being outdoors.  We walked over to Lighthouse Beach