ECE Articles

The Language Grove strives to engage parents in as many aspects of child development as possible. It is our goal to help parents understand the development of young children so they can value every aspect of our curriculum. Here are some articles to help introduce you to what our daily curriculum may look like.

Why our kids need forests for true learning

What if there were a better way to do early childhood education? Are kids better off running through the trees than being stuck inside a classroom all day? ZUMA PRESS It’s a common complaint among teachers as well as parents in the U.S. these days: kindergarten has become the new first grade and the unintended casualty of that is preschool, which has consequently become the new kindergarten. Many early childhood experts consider physical activity and unstructured play the two main pillars for learning and a healthy development for preschoolers. Both are often lacking at American preschools, where play is typically directed by the adults and the students are more likely to be found cooped up indoors, filling out worksheets and tracing letters.

All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed

For more than fifty years, children’s free play time has been continually declining, and it’s keeping them from turning into confident adults

What are your memories of playing as a child? Some of us will remember hide and seek, house, tag, and red rover red rover. Others may recall arguing about rules in kickball or stick ball or taking turns at jump rope, or creating imaginary worlds with our dolls, building forts, putting on plays, or dressing-up. From long summer days to a few precious after-school hours, kid-organized play may have filled much of your free time. But what about your children? Are their opportunities for play the same as yours were? Most likely not.

8 Mistakes Parents Make When Raising Bilingual Children

Don’t give up. It may seem hard initially, but it will all be worth it.

Parenting is a learning journey and although we try our best, we are always going to make mistakes. The important thing, is that we learn from them, and from those of others. From speaking to many parents who are raising bilingual or multilingual children, I have compiled a list of the most common mistakes:

Yes, Your Kids Can Play Outside All Winter

Hardened athletes and explorers weigh in on how to keep your kids warm.Getty

By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Published at New York Times on Nov. 4, 2020 Updated Dec. 17, 2020Every morning, between 9 and 10 a.m., my 3-year-old hits his “go outside” point. It’s the moment when his energy overflows into pull-the-dog’s-tail-and-get-a-timeout territory.If my husband and I can get his shoes on and shove him out the door in time, he transforms into an angel, running sprints through the park and digging in the dirt without a trace of that little miscreant. He’s happy, we’re happy. Our dog breathes a sigh a relief.

In the age of Covid-19, getting outside has become even more essential as an antidote to lockdowns and as one of the safest ways to have play dates.