Play-based versus academic school settings

This is a good jumping-off point for discussion of an important topic.

“The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful” by Daphna Bassok, Amy Claessens, and Mimi Engel

“Academic instruction in early-childhood classrooms is often framed as inherently at odds with “child-centered,” “developmentally appropriate,” or “play-based” practices. This presumed dichotomy—that preschool and kindergarten must either be geared toward play and socioemotional development or focused on rigorous academic instruction—is false.”

Come play with us! Playgroups are scheduled all summer!

Good-bye school year, hello summer! Here at Downey, the fun continues with Summer Playgroups at Ellenberger Park. Join us weekly for lots of socializing, fresh-air play, and good conversation. Everyone is welcome — hope to see you there!

Downey Summer Playgroup at Ellenberger Park’s Pool Playground (Ritter & St Clair)
10:00am to noon

Ellenberger Park playground

Ellenberger Park playground

Tues, June 10
Wed, June 18
Thurs, June 26

Mon, July 7
Tues, July 15
Wed, July 23
Thurs, July 31

Fri, Aug 8
Mon, Aug 11, 10:00-11:00am, indoor Story Time Playgroup at Downey Preschool
Tue, Aug 19
Wed, Aug 27

Thur, Sept 4

2013 Downey Co-op Silent Auction & Craft Fair

Holiday shopping, crafts from local artisans, food, kids’ craft area, and holiday music!

This is just one of the many events taking place as part of the Irvington Holiday Open House. Check out more events here!

Come join the fun and check some gifts off your list!


Vendors participating in the fair include:

Body Eclectic Skincare:

Rainy Benedict for My Trades of Hope:

Liz Camp:

Anna Jascot: Face and Mendhi painting

Lila Noir Designs:!/LiLaNoiR

Tracey Pruitt for Damsel in Distress:

TJ Tarts:

Kimberly Hatch for Jamberry Nails:

Organizations represented in the silent auction include:

Children’s Museum

Indianapolis Art Center

Yellow Rose Carriages

Indianapolis Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis Symphony

Jockamo Pizza

Mike’s Express Carwash

David and Mary Salon

Kids Inc. Children’s Bookstore

Museum of Science and Industry

Shedd Aquarium

American Cave Museum & Hidden River Cave

Newport Aquarium

Cincinnati Museum Center

Sun King Brewery

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Conner Prairie

Hart Bakery

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Cordial Kitten

Lori Leaumont

Great Times

Indianapolis Zoo

Dance Kaleidoscope

Mass Ave Toys

Roll With It Bakery

Jodi Krumel

Clowes Hall





Steer In

Black Sheep


Mermaid Beach

Pairs In Pears

Vikings Brainstorm

Fish To Fish