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The Power of Play

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“Play is a child’s work. 

It is through imaginative play that children process and integrate the social and cultural information they experience. The social learning that happens during play lays the foundation for social communication and emotional regulation skills that become important for getting and keeping a job, and maintaining close healthy relationships throughout life.

The imaginative games that children play equip them to read and intuit the feelings of others, laying the groundwork…

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The Value of Direct Experience

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This article was written by Emily Bianco, one of our Guides in our youth programs at Through the Trees.

When did some of us stop listening to our body’s inherent and innate wisdom? When did we start feeling like strangers to nature? It usually starts early on in life when someone told us that we weren’t capable of something, that we would get in trouble if we didn’t listen to what we were told, that we would get hurt doing something, what to like, what to dislike, what to believe, that we shoul…

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Veggie Chili Recipe

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We love campfire cooking at Through the Trees, and we do a lot of it in our Homeschool and After School Programs and Youth Camps. Campfire cooking is part of our FIRE topic, which we are focusing on for the months of December and January. The kids often help with food prep and roast their own food over the fire. This time of year, it’s so nice to warm up outside with any hot food, sitting around a fire in good company.

Veggie chili has been our most recent hit, so we decided to share our recipe…

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