About Michael M. Patte, Ph.D.

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Why pursue a career in early childhood education

“I think that teaching is a beautiful profession and that teachers of young children do one of the best things that there is to do in life: bring joy and beauty, mystery

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Keep play in preschool

toddler 667300 1920 1024x685 Keep play in preschoolJust 30 years ago, 40 percent of a typical preschool day was devoted to child-initiated play. Today, this number has fallen to just 25 percent (Miller & Almon, 2009). Over the years, …

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Parklets offer “play and go” in cities

We’ve all heard the timeless adage “stop and smell the roses.” While this is sound advice, when folks today find a spare moment away from life’s responsibilities they are more likely to …

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The erosion of community play

I just read an insightful piece in The Guardian titled “Children in our towns and cities are being robbed of safe places to play.” The author argues that we fail to consider …

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Play Across Rural, Suburban, and Urban Environments – Challenges & Opportunities

Each semester I teach a seminar titled Fine Arts and Play for the Developing Child. The first assignment is to compose a 2000-word essay depicting childhood memories of play. The most …

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A playful pledge for the New Year

momanddaughter 682x1024 A playful pledge for the New YearCommitting to a promise of self-improvement is often the goal of a New Year’s resolution. The resolution tradition dates back thousands of years in the Eastern and Western worlds. Although the custom …

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Give the gift of unstructured play this year

The winter holiday season is a magical time for many. Schools let out for an extended break and children get a reprieve from the drudgery of daily homework assignments. Likewise, parents receive …

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How to whip up a Pop-Up Adventure Playground in no time

Providing engaging opportunities for child-directed, unstructured play does not have to be expensive or time consuming. In fact, the best kind of play costs nothing, feels great, and can happen anywhere. Just …

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