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Our mission is to provide ideas and activities to help families connect through play. Our hopes are to change lives – one PLAY at a time!  Our message is that children are worthy of being listened to, that children are competent and capable, that children learn best through play, and that children are our best teachers.   Our philosophy is that play is a perfect opportunity to connect with our children and strengthen the parent/child relationship.  Ourbeliefs are that empathy, respect, and trust are the basis for all human relationships.  We hope you embrace the mess, embrace the challenges, embrace “yes”, and embrace childhood.   Take what you love, and leave the rest. ~ Ashley Kagan, Founder and Co-owner of Play at Home Mom, LLC

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Ashley Kagan, Med MECD is the founder and co-owner of PLAY AT HOME MOM LLC.  Ashley holds a double masters degree in Exceptional Student Education and Early Childhood Development.  She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families.  Ashley was a teacher for 11 years, 8 years teaching children with autism and 3 years teaching pre-k in a Reggio-inspired school.  Ashley is also a contributor to PARENTING BEYOND PUNISHMENT, a company dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers on their journey to guide their children in gentle, loving ways.  Ashley lives with her husband and son in North Carolina.

 

0004Rosie Lamphere, is co-owner at PLAY AT HOME MOM, LLC.  Rosie holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts with disciplines in Social Work and Sociology with a minor is Business.  She is a Play At Home Mom of 3 daughters ages 4-7.

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Loose Parts Collage

June 11, 2016

  The theory of “loose parts” was first introduced by architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970s.  It’s recently become a buzz word from child development experts and those who advocate for the developmentally appropriate practice of play in preschool.  The [...]

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Zentangle Coasters

May 1, 2016

What you need: 1.  Oven Bake Clay 2.  Sharpie Markers 3.  Glaze (Above materials are clickable). We used Sculpey Oven Baked Clay.  8oz will make 5 coasters. Divide clay into 4 sections and roll into a ball (the extra clay [...]

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A-frame Climber

March 27, 2016

“Taking risk develops the frontal lobe of the brain.  That’s the same area needed for executive functions, including concentration, memory, flexibility, and problem solving.” ~ Heather Shumaker (“It’s OK to Go Up The Slide”) We are working on creating a [...]

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Easter Eggs – Temporary Art

March 8, 2016

Returning to the classroom has been quite the journey.  I’ve always implemented the Reggio philosophy in my home, but since being back in the classroom I find myself re-visiting Reggio ideals and provocations even more.  It’s taken over 6 months [...]

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Droids (Embracing the Love of All Things Star Wars)

March 6, 2016

The chatter in my classroom last month revolved around Star Wars.  From Legos to blocks to snack time, everything was all Star Wars….all the time.  In true child-led fashion, I embraced this interest.  I used it as an opportunity to [...]

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