Monday, November 24, 2014


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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Compassionate Listening = Listening to Ourselves with Compassion

(First published in July of 2011) The reason why I created a compassionate preschool for my son, and the reason why I am on the hunt for a humanitarian school (or at the very least a compassionate teacher) for his elementary school experience, is completely selfish:  I was a troubled child.  I was the hard one.  I had BIG emotions, and they were... [Read more of this review]


How to Talk with your Child About their Body

I wanted to pass this piece on because it was referred to me from several of our circles and I found it moving.  I think that it also applies to men, however; whether it be to be thin, or to be strong and stoic.  It is so good to be living toward a less judgmental and more accepting place in which to co-exist. …… How to talk to your daughter about... [Read more of this review]


If We Don’t Let Our Children Play, Who Will Be the Next Steve Jobs?

Posted: 10/20/11 04:16 PM ET, www.huffingtonpost.com By Darell Hammond Will the next generation have a Steve Jobs?   The forecast doesn’t look good. In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination.  We are denying them opportunities to... [Read more of this review]


FREEDOM TO LEARN: The roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning

Freedom to Learn   by Peter Gray http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201209/children-s-freedom-has-declined-so-has-their-creativity  Read More →


Taking a Step Back….

I think I am pretty clear about how I regard my children: I know that they are not simply shiny little reflections of myself.  And even so, every once in a while I get tricked into that lie again!   It sneaks in like a sneeze, and I spring into RE-action, rather than mindful response.  That way of “reflective” thinking is a trap that... [Read more of this review]


A Typical Day at Riviera PlaySchool

“People Are People No Matter How Small.” ~ Horton Creating a Place of Belonging and Empowerment for Children 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... [Read more of this review]


Mommy “Fix-All”

My son Kian has always been good at conjuring up plans… but bringing them to life is another matter entirely.  The pieces wouldn’t fit, the parts would fall off, or the wheels would not turn.  His grand visions just needed his building expertise to catch up a little more….  and his ensuing frustration would start to leak out sideways,... [Read more of this review]


a note about consistency

Hello Parents, I have been thinking about this lately, and wanted to share with you my thoughts. Society tells us that parents need to be CONSISTENT in order to be effective and responsible. If we aren’t ‘consistent,’ then we will send a message to our child that they can “get away with it,” and then all hell will break... [Read more of this review]


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