Thursday, September 3, 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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It’s in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter

It’s in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter Reposted from TLN AND to the National Wildlife Federation for featuring this article as a guest post on their blog! Many people, including me, talk about the restorative benefits of gardening (see last Tuesday’s post, for example) and the reasons why it makes us feel good. Just being in... [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. Lots of Love, Linda Shannon Riviera PlaySchool, a Redondo Beach preschool for attachment parents  Read More →

My 5th Grader’s Surprising Choice for Schooling this Year…..

I have come to clarity about school… for this year, at least. My clarity descended upon me on Saturday morning, at exactly 11:13 am, hand poised, expectant, above the tray of lego bricks that spanned the space between me and my 4 year old son. Building the kit that morning was a peaceful process, in a beautiful nurturing learning environment... [Read more of this review]

“miss” behavior, not misbehavior

Every misbehavior is a symptom of a need that is unmet, or “missed.” Every ‘miss’ behavior is a tragic attempt to meet an unmet need… tragic because the behavior in question will NOT result in the need being met. It is our challenge, every time our child ‘miss’ behaves, to determine what that unmet need is,... [Read more of this review]

mentoring versus modeling (living versus acting)

We want the best for our children. As parents, we want them to develop relationships and form connections with others. We want our children to come down from their egocentric mountain and join society as productive, empathetic citizens, (and with their own unique gifts intact.) That’s why we often worry so much about behavior. And we often hear... [Read more of this review]

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]


NOW ENROLLING FOR OUR SUMMER CAMP SESSION!! monarch butterflies Space is limited to keep ratios low and the feeling peaceful and fun. Summer at PlaySchool is special: it’s full of water plans and mud pies, animals and insects, hiking and crafts, and community salads from our edible classroom of apples, plums, bananas, cucumbers, tomatoes, mint…... [Read more of this review]

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]

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