“The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K”

Posted by design on Oct 22, 2014 in Articles we like!

Did you see this article in the New York Times? Shael Polakow-Suransky and Nancy Nager explain how meaningful PLAY is important in our pre-schools. Here at eeBoo we are always thinking how to nurture literacy, cooperation, imagination, creativity and compassion through play.

Illustration from Antonia Ladrillo

“As they play, children develop vital cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional skills. They make discoveries, build knowledge, experiment with literacy and math and learn to self-regulate and interact with others in socially appropriate ways. Play is also fun and interesting, which makes school a place where children look forward to spending their time.”

Image via Sam Blanco http://samblanco.com/2014/09/04/aboutface/ ” I have tried out iPad apps that have similar set up, but none have been as successful as these cards”

“What does purposeful play look like? When you step into an exemplary pre-K classroom, you see a room organized by a caring, responsive teacher who understands child development. Activity centers are stocked with materials that invite exploration, fire the imagination, require initiative and prompt collaboration.”

Via Toys are Tools by Jen Choi: “eeBoo’s instructions actually advise you to talk it out. “The bear and the dog both have balls.” or “They are both playing ball.” It’s all part of organizing and practicing use of the folders of your mental file cabinet “

We’re curious! When looking for a preschool program for your 4 year old what qualities are you looking for? How do you make time for play in your home?

Read the whole NYTimes article here: http://nyti.ms/ZH4GP1

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Architecture in Hopes of Immortality

Posted by design on Jan 15, 2014 in Articles we like!
"Reversible Destiny" Lofts in Mitaka, Japan. Photo Credit: Masatako Nakano via nytimes.com

“Reversible Destiny” Lofts in Mitaka, Japan. Photo Credit: Masatako Nakano via nytimes.com

I am very confident that design impacts the quality of our lives. Madeline Arakawa Gins believed that design, specifically in architecture, could allow occupants to cheat death. Madeline collaborated with her husband Arakawa on elaborate architectural projects that were constructed based on the belief that “through a literal architecture of instability” “it was possible to stave off the stagnation — and even the inevitable death — that living in rote comfort can bring.”  –(NYTIMES, JAN 15, Margalit Fox). With undulating floors, no right corners, and odd sized doors, these living spaces constantly challenged their occupants.

To some of us, these spaces sound like adventurous sensory playgrounds and hopefully all of us can appreciate the candy colored building block style and a life dedicated to experimenting with art and design. Madeline Arakawa embodied a phrase we like to say here at eeBoo, the possibilities are endless!

Read the NY TIMES obituary here: Madeline Arakawa Gins, Visionary, Is Dead at 72 

Photo Credit; Eric Striffler for the New York Times

Photo Credit; Eric Striffler for the New York Times

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