As educators, we are always aware that the makeup of a child’s educational environment is the key to harnessing each child’s special gifts. All too often we see parents feeling obligated to fill their child's schedules with adult-driven activities such as instrument lessons, dance, or organized sports. It has been our experience that children learn best in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that extends beyond the classroom. Although there is value in those supervised, structured activities, unstructured playtime is an essential piece of your child's development. When children are immersed in a diverse environment with abundant space and stimulating activities, they are empowered to reach their unique potential socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally.