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Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Approach One of the most frequently asked questions I get about parenting is, "How can I create a child-centered home?" My last blog was an overview of loose parts play &… Continue reading Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

Education, experential learning, experiential, homeschooling, inspiration, mothering, Parenting, reggio, studentledinquiry, teaching

Loose Parts & Open-Ended Materials

I've always been drawn to creating. Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching. As a parent, creating with my child brings so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music...these ways of expressing oneself fire the neurons in my brain. I… Continue reading Loose Parts & Open-Ended Materials

Education, empathy, inspiration, Mindfulness, Parenting, social emotional learning

Empathy Starts at Home

Want your kids to be empathetic? Teach them how to be! As parents, we set high expectations for our children. We want them to succeed academically, take care of their bodies, enroll in sports and extracurricular activities, be successful readers, eat healthy, socialize, and be kind to others around them. The list goes on and… Continue reading Empathy Starts at Home

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Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

I spent my first year teaching as a Special Education teacher in a resource room setting. My students qualified for special education because of learning disabilities, emotional impairments, moderate cognitive impairments, ADHD, and some displayed characteristics of autism. Although each student was incredibly unique in his/her needs academically, socially, and emotionally, all of my students… Continue reading Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

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The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother's service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol 's work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me from a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always teach in a… Continue reading The Privilege of Choice

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8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

Hey Educators & Free Spirits! I haven't written a post about teaching in awhile because I've been totally immersed in full time parenting. It's been such a beautiful & ever-changing journey, with many challenges and many moments that I wish I could just freeze and bask in forever. With some of you having over a… Continue reading 8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

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Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

Today we are fortunate to have access to a surplus of amazing children's books. Authors aren't afraid to share real life injustices with children and hopefully, by having openhearted and frank conversations with our little ones, we will raise children who seek love, peace, and social justice for all. Children's books are becoming more accessible… Continue reading Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

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FREE LESSON-Creating an Herb Garden

One of the best ways to teach our students and children about ethical & sustainable living is by allowing them to SEE that they can make an impact on the world around them in a positive way. A wonderful way to begin changing the world is by planting a seed. A small seed grows into… Continue reading FREE LESSON-Creating an Herb Garden

Education

The Many Roles of Trees *Free EfS Lesson*

“Children can achieve the full potential of their humanness only through direct, active, personal communication with natural phenomena”-Makiguchi This lesson was designed with educating for sustainability in mind. Although the content includes language connected with the country of Belize, where the lesson was designed to be taught, you can easily modify the lesson so it… Continue reading The Many Roles of Trees *Free EfS Lesson*