Welcome to The Play Based Learning Podcast!Your host is Kristen Peterson and she is ready to fill your heart, mind and ears with all things early childhood education and play based learning.Kristen is the founding director of a nature and forest play-school in Minnesota that serves preschool children age 3-5. She has found the magic in learning and wants to share with the world how they can incorporate play based learning into their own lives, child care centers, homeschool days, preschool classroom or forest school.There is a magic that happens when children are given time, space and support to play. They have time to wonder about the world around them. They become curious, inquire, discover, and learn in the moment. Childhood is fleeting and educators, parents and caregivers need to give children the opportunity for a wild and free childhood.Connect - email@example.comGet inspired - https://www.instagram.com/learning.wild/Community - https://www.facebook.com/learningwildblog/Learn - learning-wild.com
EP 10: Three Things You Need When Starting Your Own Early Childhood Program
Kristen started a child care program with zero dollars and no degree in business. She did have three things that worked in her favor and she will tell you all about them in this episode.NEW COURSE! Starting An Early Childhood Program Blueprint! Website - http://www.learning-wild.comInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/learning.wild/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/learningwildblog/ Free Resources (Documentation Guide Free Download) - https://www.learning-wild.com/opt-in-2ad54954-031a-408e-8993-faa989fa21da
EP 9: PLAY IS NOT UNCONVENTIONAL
When did play become an unconventional way of learning? What can we do to change this? Kristen pondered this over coffee this morning and decided to brain dump it all into a podcast for you to sort through with her! As a reminder - you are OK just where you are in your play based journey. You don't need to be where I am. But, if you show up to learn, that is how you grow!Website - http://www.learning-wild.comInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/learning.wild/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/learningwildblog/ Free Resources (Documentation Guide Free Download) - https://www.learning-wild.com/opt-in-2ad54954-031a-408e-8993-faa989fa21da
EP 8: Outdoor Winter Play Basics and Gear
Starting up a new outdoor program, classroom and need to know all things outdoor gear and outdoor winter play? Take a listen as Kristen walks you though the gear needed, how cold is too cold and some ideas for outdoor winter play! Website - http://www.learning-wild.comInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/learning.wild/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/learningwildblog/ Free Resources (Documentation Guide Free Download) - https://www.learning-wild.com/opt-in-2ad54954-031a-408e-8993-faa989fa21da Face covering:https://www.amazon.com/HZTG-Childrens-Winter-Windproof-Adjustable/dp/B0152U4O2M/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=balaclava+kids&qid=1601745187&sr=8-8 Mittens: https://www.burton.com/us/en/p/kids-burton-mini-heater-mitten/W21-131741069602T.html?g_acctid=208-000-6041&g_campaign=US%20-%20Shopping%20-%20All%20Products%20%20-%20Branded&g_campaignid=746511269&g_adgroupid=41557843120&g_adid=175970744381&g_keyword=&g_keywordid=pla-906454404165&g_adtype=pla&g_merchantid=366744&g_productchannel=online&g_productid=W21-131741069602T&g_partition=906454404165&g_network=g&g_ifproduct=product&g_ifcreative=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwuD7BRDBARIsAK_5YhX4X97xZmPKtgcdIJIz5TerKXvuJDYAvxm7N4x5O94iiW2uakhWa0AaAtnpEALw_wcB Weather Chart:https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/Files/HCCI/weatherwatch.pdf
Ep 7: Finding Your Play Based Groove
There are stages to teacher development and I also believe there are stages to a play based journey. I wish I had known about these stages when I first drank the play based learning juice so that I could have settled in to my own journey instead of always wishing I was doing more or better. Walk through the stages with me and try to figure out what stage you are! Website - http://www.learning-wild.comInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/learning.wild/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/learningwildblog/ Free Resources (Documentation Guide Free Download) - https://www.learning-wild.com/opt-in-2ad54954-031a-408e-8993-faa989fa21da
EP 6: Documentation In A Play Based Classroom - A Beginner's Guide
Does the thought of documentation overwhelm you? Not sure where to start or what it even is? Kristen breaks it down in this episode! Learn what it is, why you should document learning and some simple ideas to get started.Kristen has created a FREE 17 page guide to documentation in a play based classroom that you can download here. You can connect with Kristen on IG @learning.wild or Facebook (Learning Wild). Her website is learning-wild.com
EP 5: OUTDOOR CLASSROOM BASICS
Kristen is a preschool teacher who started out her teaching career in a teacher directed and dictated environment. She had some revelations and decided to do better for the children in her community.She created a nature based preschool. Listen to this episode if you have an outdoor classroom, are just starting out in an outdoor classroom, or are hoping to provide an outdoor classroom someday! I am sure you will find some inspo! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learningwildblog/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/learning.wild/
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I absolutely love your pod casts! I was the same, Lisa Murphy Changed my look on what I was doing with children and then I saw Jeff and then Denita and then Dan, it’s been about 5 years and I have not looked back and am doing everything I can to let people know WHAT true play is !
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I started this podcast today on my evening bike ride and had to do an extra loop to get in a third episode! I’ve been teaching 23 years but am always hoping to learn more about best practices in my pre-k classroom...this podcast delivers!!! Great theory and practical strategies plus entertaining and REAL. Kinda want to start my own preschool now...just kidding...just going to make my classroom even better.❤️
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You need Kristen in your life if you are a teacher, an aspiring teacher, a parent educating your child at home! She is everything! I am a 29 year veteran of the preschool tribe and I only wish I found her sooner! It makes me feel so good that I do most or all of the things she suggests and now I suggest her ideas, podcast, website, Instagram to lots of colleagues! 5000 stars!!