Hi, my name is Katey Reynolds and I am a kindergarten/1st grade multi-age teacher here at Pinewood. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, but moved to Omaha to earn my bachelor's degree from Creighton University. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and in May, I will have also earned my master's degree in literacy from UNO. I live on a small farm about an hour outside of Omaha with my husband, puppy, kitten, and chickens. I feel strongly that purposeful play is a critical part of developmentally appropriate practices for students in kindergarten and 1st grade. I also believe that parents are the #1 advocate for their children, so never hesitate to bring up any concerns or questions!
"When children are not permitted to engage in active play, the cognitive and language losses that result are tragic" (Levine & McConkey, 2012).