I spend so much of my time here and in my Nature-Inspired Learning Group helping other families make changes in their lives and their homes to embrace a child-led, natural learning experience. I figured it was about time to pull back the curtains and show you a glimpse of what the day-to-day life looks like in my home! Enjoy this sneak peek!
Our days begin early, but joyfully slow.
Take a look inside your personal memory bank for a minute, and find those memories of learning to read, being read to, and other literacy-related memories. Can you recall fond memories of learning to read by your parents reading consistently to you (or are you lacking that memory and longing for it)? Do you have memories of seeing your family members read to themselves? Did your dad read the daily paper? Did your mom take time to read books? Did your grandparents read for pleasure? Intentional or not, this act of modeling an appreciation for and love of reading goes a long way in creating a literacy rich environment for your children!
Today I want to talk to you about something that might seem a bit “off the wall” (Sorry- that’s my attempt at a pun). I want to share with you the benefits of using nature to decorate your learning space.
You may have heard me talk about bringing light into a space, using natural parts in play, and incorporating plant life into playrooms, classrooms, and learning environments. But when I look at photos of most learning spaces (homes and classrooms alike), so much of what my eye is drawn to is the blank wall space.
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you are stuck inside! Learn the very best ways to keep you (and your children) warm when enjoying nature in the winter, even on the coldest days! I’ll tell you all about how to layer, what materials to avoid, and how to make sure you’re being safe at all times. Plus – get a FREE downloadable Activity Guide with 5 Outdoor Winter Activities for Cold Days!
Everyone loves to scroll through Pinterest and Instagram and look at all the beautiful, angelic faces of children happily playing with some wooden blocks in the sunshine or digging in the mud peacefully with their siblings.
“They must play that way for hours! How simple and wonderful.”
“That Mom never runs out of ideas! She’s always ready with a new, amazing activity for her kids! They’re probably so smart.”
“I bet they eat themed Bento lunches every day!”
Sounds so great, right?
Except maybe you kinda want to punch them in the face. Maybe you kinda want to punch me in the face? Totally understandable…. keep reading anyway.
Child-Led Learning. At first glance, it seems like a wonderfully simple way to educate your child – find out what they are interested in, and teach them that! Easy peasy, right?
But… when many families begin to implement this type of learning, they often become quickly frustrated:
“My child’s interests change all the time! How am I supposed to plan for anything?”
“How in the world can I come up with enough exciting activities to keep my child engaged if they stay interested in the same topic for a long time?”
“I feel like we’re doing the same thing every day.”
These are EXACT snippets of conversations I have had with families who really want to follow their child’s interests with learning, but feel overwhelmed by the actual implementation of it.
So, I’m here to tell you:
CHILD-LED LEARNING CAN BE EASY, FUN, AND DONE WITH A PLAN.
And in this post, I’m going to teach you the 5 essential elements to having a successful child-led learning experience!