Saturday, May 23, 2015


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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Men Should Not Cry (What are You Living Toward?)

It is not important to wonder whether or not we have biases…we all have them.  It’s a given.  What IS important is to acknowledge and understand which biases we do have, so we can start to break them down, to “deconstruct” and pull their tangled webbing from every section of our life, so we can eliminate them from our speech,... [Read more of this review]


OmmmmmMy God!   Compassion is a Two Way Street!

You Can Reach Enlightenment in 1 Easy Science-backed Step! I have been waiting for this one!! Science now has documented evidence that anyone CAN reach enlightenment, (or at least find peace, joy, or satisfaction) in one easy step! I am tossing out my meditation beads!! They have found the holy grail! Recent studies have shown that a very specific region... [Read more of this review]


When a Parent’s ‘I Love You’ Means ‘Do as I Say’

I love Alfie Kohn. Here is an article he wrote about unconditional love…. If the following link isn’t clickable, just copy and paste into your browser. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/15/health/15mind.html?emc=eta1 Lots of Love, Linda Shannon Riviera PlaySchool, a Redondo Beach preschool for attachment parents www.RivieraPlaySchool.com  Read More →


Are You Listening…?

I have been putting my attention on listening lately. I was thinking about a conflict the other day that involved my son and myself. I realized that ‘conflict resolution,’ per se, doesn’t truly exist when the conflict is between the two of us. And that is because I have an agenda. You see, I think I know the better way, the better... [Read more of this review]


Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills

  “Who would’ve thought soap and water could be so much fun?” Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills (Click Here to Listen to the Story) by Alix Spiegel NPR    February 21, 2008 On October 3, 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club debuted on television. As we all now know, the show quickly became a cultural icon, one of those phenomena... [Read more of this review]


Everything Can Be Play!

Most children, and some talented adults, can take practical life (getting dressed, for example) and turn it into a magical adventure.   Everything is play, and everything becomes play. Have you ever tried to hurry a little boy into his clothing and out the door?  It is usually to no avail — the shirt becomes a pirate’s hat, and then his... [Read more of this review]


Fill Yourself Up! (The Oxygen Mask Rule)

Being a stay at home mom can be exhausting. A lot of that exhaustion comes from the demands not only others put on us, but the demands that I put on myself. And it is also tricky: I trick myself into thinking that because I am at home PHYSICALLY with my children all of the time, that I am PRESENT with them. And therefore I often take for granted the... [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]


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