It’s that time of year again! Time for the Holiday Gift Guide, especially for your adventurous, curious natural learners! Instead of scrambling at the last minute, fighting the crowds, or worrying about picking out that “perfect gift” for the natural learner in your life, check out this carefully curated list of my favorite gifts that you’ll find under my tree this year! This is also a great link to pass along to grandparents or family members who are asking for ideas for the kids.
This list is broken down into some “must-haves” for all of your natural learners, tons of other gift ideas, and even gifts for the parents (the holidays aren’t just for kids, after all!). Even better… most of the gifts that you’ll find on the list this year are from small, family-run businesses, who literally do a happy dance with each order and item that are purchased. As a small, family business myself, I know how special it feels to be supported in the work that I do.read more
With many of the families and classrooms that I work with, one of the biggest things that the adults want to find solutions to is the way children are interacting in the learning/play environment. Children are being aggressive with each other or with the toys and materials they have. Children seem generally unhappy or have unusually short attention spans. Children aren’t showing any real interests or don’t want to participate in the activities that parents/teachers are setting up for them.
And almost always this can be traced back to one thing – clutter in the environment.read more
Writing seems like the hardest thing, doesn’t it? It’s the last big leap into full-blown literacy, and as parents we want nothing more than to watch our young ones blossom into happy, confident writers.
Unfortunately, most of the advice and activity suggestions that you find out there encourages you to stick workbook pages in front of your child, have them trace letters until their hands go numb, or force writing activities on your older writers that they really, REALLY don’t feel confident doing. And sadly… the statistics about writing are clear that this approach isn’t only developmentally unsound, but is causing a significant problem with how our children feel about writing and how often they choose to use this skill. An astounding number of children, teens, and even adults have decided that they don’t enjoy writing, aren’t good at writing, or actively choose to avoid it at all costs.read more
It's no secret that one of the most important pieces to a successful and happy homeschooling experience is having a supportive partner! When we know that we are being supported by the working parent, and know that they are involved in what we're doing with the kids,...read more
Today, for the Month of Magic giveaway, I'm giving away a two week sample plan from my Cool Weather Forest School Program! These programs were created to help families get more comfortable spending more significant amounts of time outside exploring, learning, and...read more
You've heard a million times that "self-care is so important" and "make sure to make time for yourself" and "Girl, you need a spa day!"... or some version of "leave your kids and do something expensive by yourself" But when we have tiny babies that we can't leave, or...read more
You guys.... this whole Month of Magic thing has been so awesome already... and we're not even halfway through the month yet! 😱 So lately I've been getting a lot of questions from parents about when they should study the human body and what types of activities are...read more
One of the biggest myths that I encounter in the world of natural learning is that just because we love nature and following our children's natural leads that we have to stay far away from technology. That's simply not true, and firmly not our belief system here at...read more