Wednesday, February 10, 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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Maker Fair TODAY, Saturday February 6 from 9:00 am!

open house & maker fair TODAY!! sat feb 6 - 9:00am Looking for something fun and different to do with your children this beautiful Saturday? The Knowing Garden is hosting a Maker Fair – TODAY beginning at 9am.  Come and see our inventions, or bring your own!  If you have a maker project you’d like to exhibit (a homemade computer?... [Read more of this review]


** Waterfront Education Open House event for the Family ***

  Press Release for: “Waterfront Education Open House” ** Waterfront Education Open House event for the Family *** Join Waterfront Education for our 1st Annual Open House Event! This fun filled family event will be held on February 15th 2016 from 12:30-3:30pm at the South Bay Sailing Dock at 181 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. The cost is... [Read more of this review]


“A human nurtured instead of shamed, and loved instead of driven by fear, develops a different brain and therefore a different mind.

Hello Parents, I first posted the below interview about 9 years ago.  In that time, the public school system has continued to decline.  In the Southbay, although there are now more humanistic, mindful options for elementary school, there are still not enough.  The only 3 in my ‘immediate’ area are: The Knowing Garden in South Redondo... [Read more of this review]


Raising Entitled Children

I want to pass along information on the upcoming enrollment night at TKG, Thursday January 21, (the school my Kian attends).  Register: https://KnowingGarden.org or   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enrollment-information-night-21-jan-2016-tickets-19914295193 Many of you have heard that Kian and I both love TKG; what you may NOT know is that the... [Read more of this review]


A good explanation for why we don’t force sharing….

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle www.enjoyparenting.com/dailygroove :: Goodness Is Inspired, Not Required :: Situation 1: You ask your friend what she wants for a birthday gift, and she says, “I would treasure *any* gift from you!” Wouldn’t you feel inspired to give her something very special? Situation 2: Another friend says, “I... [Read more of this review]


What do Birds Know that We Don’t?

As parents, we often want to save our child from every pain that comes by. We would gladly feel the pain ourselves rather than see our child struggle with it. (And without getting into it too deeply, this is probably because the crying or pain or struggle brings up things within ourselves that are unexamined or unresolved.) For example, we naturally... [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]


Taking a Step Back

(another re-post from last year — this is a good time to refresh and reflect!) We all know that our children are not reflections of us, but every once in a while we get tricked into that lie again! It sneaks in, and we spring into RE-action, rather than mindful response. That way of “reactive” thinking is a trap that often leads us... [Read more of this review]


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