Positive Play Playgroup

Positive Play Playgroup is a weekly experience for socially positive kids ages 3-6 that focuses on supporting growth through uninterrupted child-driven play.

Playgroup takes place Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the Woodstock neighborhood.

RIE (pronounced “rye”) is an extraordinary child development philosophy. The main idea is that we best support children’s development by more fully recognizing their capabilities and allowing children more space to use them. This means a lot more waiting, observing, and understanding kids, and less doing for and to them. RIE sees this as the essence of respecting children. Parents need not know or practice RIE, just support the orientation of the playgroup.

We have a healthy snack at about 10:30 and at 11:30 we clean up the play area.

Contact me to learn more.

An open letter to those who haven’t faced climate change

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An open letter to parents about protecting your children from climate change

Really, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to look, eyes wide open, and respond.

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Selected publications

Spitzer, S. A systemic approach to occupational and environmental healthInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2005; 11: 444-54.

Spitzer, S. Hiking For PhotographersThe Luminous Landscape. July 2014.

Schafer, K., Reeves, M., Spitzer, S., and Kegley, S. Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in Our Bodies and Corporate Accountability. Pesticide Action Network. May 2004.

Spitzer, S. Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast MethodBackpackingLight. July 2011.

Spitzer, S. RIE Principles for Parenting in Nature. Free Forest School Blog. January 2018.