“Play is the highest form of research.”

– Albert Einstein

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What an awesome day we had! Oakland zoo, pumpkin carving, cheese cloth ghosts, and a zombie candy crawl! πŸŽƒ πŸ‘» ... See MoreSee Less

What an awesome day we had!  Oakland zoo, pumpkin carving, cheese cloth ghosts, and a zombie candy crawl! πŸŽƒ πŸ‘»

This month we are recognizing Hispanic heritage. We celebrated Dia de Los Muertos a bit early with Activities that included La Loteria, Atrapadas, Calaveras, Skulls, and much more! ... See MoreSee Less

I first read this book a long time ago while taking an administrative class at DVC and it really resonated with me. If you are interested in borrowing a book from our #parentlibrary stop by the front desk! We have lots of great options!

"So, why do we rely on extrinsic motivators with our children? For starters, we tend to fall back on whatever will produce compliance. It is more convenient for us to get the garbage taken out, to get a child into bed a night (or out the door in the morning), to head off an imminent tantrum or squabble between siblings in the grocery store -- regardless of how our tactics for doing this may affect the child's long-term development. Time constraints are very real, of course, and our own emotional needs, or even convenience, also count for something. But we need to be aware of the costs of the quick fixes: rather than rationalizing them as being in the child's best interest, we ought to face the fact that behavioral manipulations is ultimately detrimental. Let us be honest when we reward or punish by asking ourselves for whom we are doing it (them or us?) and for what (the development of good values or mere obedience?)." - Page 162
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I first read this book a long time ago while taking an administrative class at DVC and it really resonated with me.  If you are interested in borrowing a book from our #parentlibrary stop by the front desk!  We have lots of great options!

So, why do we rely on extrinsic motivators with our children? For starters, we tend to fall back on whatever will produce compliance.  It is more convenient for us to get the garbage taken out, to get a child into bed a night (or out the door in the morning), to head off an imminent tantrum or squabble between siblings in the grocery store -- regardless of how our tactics for doing this may affect the childs long-term development. Time constraints are very real, of course, and our own emotional needs, or even convenience, also count for something.  But we need to be aware of the costs of the quick fixes: rather than rationalizing them as being in the childs best interest, we ought to face the fact that behavioral manipulations is ultimately detrimental. Let us be honest when we reward or punish by asking ourselves for whom we are doing it  (them or us?) and for what (the development of good values or mere obedience?). - Page 162

A huge Congratulations to our director Jaime and her new husband Mike on their union! πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’• ... See MoreSee Less

A huge Congratulations to our director Jaime and her new husband Mike on their union! πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’•

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Congratulations Jamie!! You look beautiful in this picture!

Oh Jamie!!! Best wishes for a future filled with health, wealth and most of all happiness!

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Congrats! All the best to you both!

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Jaime!!! Congratulations!! This is so wonderful!!!

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You look beautiful and so happy, as always!!πŸ₯°β€οΈ

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Recently we welcomed our new little Bearded Dragon, Mojave Banana to our center and we couldn't be happier! Unfortunately our cage was not quite what they needed AND they need to eat everyday (TWICE A DAY!!) Mo-B will be vacationing with Sarah and her family until we can get a more suitable home here and they don't have to eat so often. In the meantime, please follow mojave_banana on instagram and keep tabs on what they're up to and how they're growing! ... See MoreSee Less

Recently we welcomed our new little Bearded Dragon, Mojave Banana to our center and we couldnt be happier!  Unfortunately our cage was not quite what they needed AND they need to eat everyday (TWICE A DAY!!) Mo-B will be vacationing with Sarah and her family until we can get a more suitable home here and they dont have to eat so often.  In the meantime, please follow mojave_banana on instagram and keep tabs on what theyre up to and how theyre growing!

Kids get dirty when they play sometimes, but there is so much more to #learningthroughplay! When kids play in the sandbox, the benefits include:
-Strengthening Finger and Hand Muscles
-Improving Coordination
-Increasing Vocabulary and Communication Skills
- Practicing Problem Solving Skills
- Becoming Part of A Team With their Peers
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Kids get dirty when they play sometimes, but there is so much more to #learningthroughplay! When kids play in the sandbox, the benefits include:
-Strengthening Finger and Hand Muscles
-Improving Coordination
-Increasing Vocabulary and Communication Skills
- Practicing Problem Solving Skills
- Becoming Part of A Team With their Peers

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