Playgrounds that mimic the natural environment have physical and mental benefits for preschool children, according to a study published last month in Children, Youth, and Environments and coauthored by professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
UT’s Early Learning Center offers full-day study tours that bring educators and students from throughout the Southeast to experience the center’s unique approach.
The assistant director of the Early Learning Center offers these parenting tips to ensure everyone stays sane during the holidays.
With spring approaching, the school year is racing to a close and summer is right around the corner. UT has plenty of options for keeping your kiddos busy when classes end.
Summer is a great time to kick-start healthy habits but finding time to stay fit and make healthy choices as a family can seem overwhelming. “Summer is a great time for families to be active and make nutrition a priority,” said Lee Murphy, UT professor of nutrition. “These six steps can make a big difference
UT’s Early Learning Center will host the second annual Early Learning Institute on Friday and Saturday, June 3–4. This year’s theme is “Natural Learning Communities: Encountering the Richness.”
In May, the Early Learning Center released a list of ten ideas to help make learning fun. WVLT, Local 8 Now, created a four-part series from the list.
The Early Learning Center is encouraging families to take advantage of loosely structured time in the months ahead to help foster learning opportunities during the summer.
On June 5 and 6, UT’s Early Learning Center for Research and Practice will host the inaugural Early Learning Institute. The two-day event will feature keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle.
UT offers many fun and interesting summer camps that keep kids active and learning.
Kathy Kidd, associate director of the UT Early Learning Center for Research and Practice, offers these suggestions for helping children learn to be thankful and cheerful in the midst of the holiday rush.
UT faculty joined community volunteers this weekend to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels. The effort is part of the Partners through Playgrounds project, which will study how