Habitat Inquiry Project

Last month, our research led us deep as we dove into the zones of the ocean! We had a blast with ocean exploration. The students were REALLY interested in the Hadal Zone and all the mysterious & “scary” animals that live there. This month, students are exploring animal habitats. Living in Belize is optimal forContinue reading “Habitat Inquiry Project”

Our Daily Rhythm

In the beginning of the year, I need at least a month for my students to settle into the rhythm of the day and classroom ways  so we can form a safe and peaceful classroom environment. My students are my family away from home. This is my first year homeschooling and I’ve had a rangeContinue reading “Our Daily Rhythm”

Authentic Assessments: Free Spirit News

My students love to share what they are exploring in school with their families. Each month, the students create a collaborative newsletter. We do this together in class and it’s an awesome way to wrap up a unit of study and a really authentic assessment that students can get into. The students helped me comeContinue reading “Authentic Assessments: Free Spirit News”

Student Led Inquiry in a Multi-Age Setting

Student Led Inquiry. Hands on Learning. The Discovery Approach. What does this mean? Student led inquiry is letting students have a say in their learning. This will look different in each educational setting, but the purpose behind student led inquiry remains the same. Students learn the best when they are interested in what they areContinue reading “Student Led Inquiry in a Multi-Age Setting”

Little Artists

ART. My heart is happy just thinking of loose parts and art supplies: rocks, gems, stones, paint, ribbon, yarn, crayons, chalk, markers, pencils, foil, paper, tissue paper. Chaos! Part of my transformative  journey in education is to vow to make art an integral part of every lesson…every part of learning. Through art, students express themselvesContinue reading “Little Artists”

The Languages of a Child

Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggia Emilia Approach, understood the languages of children. The languages of the human species. I’m absolutely in love with this poem as it expresses the type of transformative teaching I believe will change the world. One Hundred Languages of Children The child is made of one hundred. The child hasContinue reading “The Languages of a Child”