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COLUMN: Finding the best balance for children at LCA, with help from poetry

Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:00 am

My first child was 3 years old when my mother gave me a small book of poems by Ruth Reardon. One short poem shifted the way I looked at playtime with my daughter.

As an educator and frantic mom, I viewed activities as educational and teachable moments. A playground slide was a springboard for discussions on angles or inclined planes. Sidewalks were examples of parallel lines. A broken pretzel might resemble the letter “C.” The lessons were valuable, but endless.

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