From Playspace To Practice: 4 Lessons I’ve Learned

Mary SueOur Early Learning Program Manager, Mary Sue Reese, is about to get a new title: Mom! Here she shares four lessons she has learned in the Pritzker Playspace that she plans to use in motherhood.

Slow down!: When I slow down I am able to witness and support children as they delve into their own interests, explorations, and navigate interactions with peers and caregivers.

Be Observant:  I love actively observing early learners explore movement, language and investigate simple (and messy!) materials at their own pace and in their own way.  Their competencies, personalities and interests really shine through when I’m free of my agenda and tune into theirs.

Be Fully Present: As a soon-to-be new mom, I hope that I continue to work on being fully present and provide the space and time for my new little one to overcome challenges, build relationships and make meaning of his/her world. 

“Do less, observe more, Do less, enjoy more.”: This is one of my favorite quotes and has become a mantra for me when facilitating in the playspace and hopefully will serve me well into motherhood.


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