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Prescribing Playtime   |  Pacific Kid Educational Felt Products

September 2018
Vol. 48 No.8

Cooperatively Speaking
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Hello, and happy September!

PCPI membership renewals will reach your inbox soon, and the time to apply for grants is fast approaching.  Now is a good time to start thinking about parent ed programs and other community projects that you'd like to implement at your school this year.  

Grant applications will be posted on the Resources Page of the PCPI website over the next month and will be detailed in the October issue of Cooperatively Speaking.

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Dianne Rose, M.Ed.
Editor, Cooperatively Speaking

Doctors Prescribe Play Time for Children
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times

Imagine a drug that could enhance a child's creativity, critical thinking and resilience. Imagine that this drug were simple to make, safe to take and could be had for free.

The nation's leading pediatricians say this miracle compound exists. In a new clinical report, they are urging doctors to prescribe it liberally to the children in their care.

What is this wonder drug?  Play.

"This may seem old-fashioned, but there are skills to be learned when kids aren't told what to do," said Dr. Michael Yogman, a Harvard medical School pediatrician who led the drafting of the call to arms.

Whether it's rough-and-tumble physical play, outdoor play or social or pretend play, children derive important lessons from the chance to make things up as they go, he said.

The advice, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, might come as a shock to some parents. After spending years fretting over which toys to buy, which apps to download and which skill building programs to send their children to after school, letting them simply play - or better yet, playing with them - could seem like a step backward.

The pediatricians insist that it's not. The academy's guidance doesn't include specific recommendations for the dosing of play. Instead, it asks doctors to advise parents before their babies turn 2 that play is essential to healthy development. It also advocates for the restoration of play in schools.

"Play is not frivolous," the academy's report declared. It nurtures children's ingenuity, cooperation and problem-solving skills - all of which are critical for a 21 st -century workforce. It lays the neural groundwork that helps us "pursue goals and ignore distractions."

In the pediatricians' view, essentially every life skill that's valued in adults can be built up with play.

"Collaboration, negotiation, conflict resolution, self-advocacy, decision-making, a sense of agency, creativity, leadership, and increased physical activity are just some of the skills and benefits children gain through play," they wrote.

Pacific Kid Educational Felt Products
Welcome to PCPI's newest sponsor, Pacific Kid!  Below is the story of how Pacific Kid got their start and formed their relationship with cooperative preschools .


Karen, Arunee, and Andrew
Our journey began in 2005 when my husband Andrew, our 3 young daughters, and I went on a trip to beautiful Thailand. We were fortunate to develop a relationship with an artist, small business owner and mother of 2, Arunee Versarut. Arunee's passion for quality felt products, with the most amazing hand-stitched detail, made a profound impact on us. Subsequently, and full of excitement, we established Pacific Kid in 2007.

As Pacific Kid continued to find our niche, we arranged for a booth at 
Karen and her kids
The California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS) convention for the first time in Oakland. The environment was super positive and we began to meet directors, teachers, and parents, while introducing our products for use 
in cooperative classrooms and homes. The attendees immediately recognized that our cute, colorful, dimensional, tactile, felt components provided a stimulating, fun way to enhance children's learning through play. Our products are visual, hands-on elements children love to experience whil e listening to a story and learning concepts and ideas on a range of topics.  

In 2018, we exhibited at the Convention in the hip Hotel  Kabuki in San Francisco. We were fortunate to meet and converse with PCPI Vice President Roberta Stuart. Roberta loved our materials and encouraged us to join PCPI and introduce our products to a broader audience.  

All of our interactive Soft Books, Felt Sets and Play Walls are designed to encourage self-expression, language and literacy development, and dramatic play. They are remarkable tools for therapy, speech development, and special needs. We continue to add new sets to our line solely based on your feedback.  

Please visit our website to learn more about us and our interactive products. Feel free to contact us via email with questions. 
All the Best,

Karen McHugh
Co-Founder and Owner

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