Sunday, August 28, 2016


A Mindful Garden Where Active Minds Blossom...We nurture your child's beautiful inner nature through engaging, nature-based, hands-on play.

Riviera PlaySchool offers a humanistic, constructivist, and mindful program for the "whole child," inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, and Non Violent (Compassionate) Communication. We are also inspired by other forward-thinking philosophies, including the fun and freedom to explore of Bev Bos, the beautiful and abundant nature of Waldorf, and Maria Montessori's easily digestible, experiential approach to learning. PlaySchool has the distinction of having been chosen as the very first ever practicum site for UCLA Extension’s Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. We will also continue our partnership with El Camino College Childhood Education Department that currently brings student teachers to Riviera PlaySchool to learn from our wonderful staff... Read More

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What makes Riviera PlaySchool different? Pt 2

Riviera PlaySchool offers a humanistic, constructivist, and mindful program for the “whole child,” inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, and Non Violent (Compassionate) Communication. We are also inspired by other forward-thinking philosophies, including the fun and freedom to explore of Bev Bos, the beautiful and abundant... [Read more of this review]


What Makes Riviera PlaySchool Different?

In the tradition of Reggio Emilia and also that of Bev Bos, we know that the environment is also a teacher.  So in the classroom (both outdoors and inside) we facilitate enriching environments within which the children can learn through freely allowed exploration.  And we know that the very best “toys” and “tools” for this exploration are... [Read more of this review]


Nature-ful, Mindful, Compassionate, and Child-Lead care at HALF the COST?

Hello PlaySchool families! After much thought and reflection, I have decided to delay the opening of PlaySchool this fall.  I have LOVED having PlaySchool in my life: it has been an amazing way to raise my children, with such a village of nourishing nurturing, and like minded souls.  THANK YOU!!  What an amazing 11 years! Having our PlaySchool (AKA... [Read more of this review]


The Mask We Live In: watch this for your children and LOVE YOURSELF

Three Easy Steps to Raising Emotionally Whole Boys and Girls, and to Waking Yourself Back Up! Tonight I saw “The Mask We Live in” at The Knowing Garden Community School.  Yet another reason I am grateful for our socially intelligent community school in South Redondo Beach and the beautifully aware people who comprise it. I had a few thoughts... [Read more of this review]


The Joyful, Illiterate, Kindergartens of Finland!

OCTOBER 2, 2015 BY TIM WALKER “The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first grade—that’s what my 5-year-old babies are expected to do.” The difference between first grade and kindergarten may not seem like much, but what I remember about my first-grade... [Read more of this review]


What “Be Nice” Really Means When We Say it to Our Kids

“Be Nice” is one of the most common phrases we say to our kids, especially our young ones. It comes out of our mouth without thought, like a reflexive reaction to our eternal fear that our kids will grow up to be unscrupulous and cruel. Let’s stop to examine, what “be nice” really means. For the most part, it means: be tolerant and accommodating. If... [Read more of this review]


Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School

New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. By Alison Gopnik Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they’re reading books to babies in the womb. They pressure teachers to make kindergartens... [Read more of this review]


The Good Enough Motherhood Process

“Dear Riviera, What do you do for a teen who picked a major clearly not suited for them? Do you let them take the classes or do you talk them out of it and advise them to sign up for the classes that better suit them?  Especially if you are worried that it was your biases that influenced that wrong decision in the first place….?” yours, Ethical... [Read more of this review]


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