What We’re Reading: Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers (Faith Collins)

Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: Create a Life You and Your Child Both Love by Faith Collins was a great book and, after listening to the audiobook, I bought a hardcopy to keep on my shelf. It's one of those I'm going to be rereading every couple of months because I want to be sure I'm implementing … Continue reading What We’re Reading: Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers (Faith Collins)

What We’re Reading: Free to Learn (Peter Gray)

If you start perusing the pages of any alternate schooling, freedom advocating, or unschooling text, you will likely see Peter Gray quoted somewhere. He’s a psychologist and researcher who studies education from an evolutionary biological perspective. In other words, how children learn naturally. His book, Free to Learn, began through his writings for Psychology Today … Continue reading What We’re Reading: Free to Learn (Peter Gray)

What We’re Reading: Sage Homeschooling (Rachel Rainbolt)

“Childhood isn’t naturally a race ; it’s a season of life.”Rachel Rainbolt, Sage Homeschooling (51) Rachel Rainbolt’s Sage Homeschooling embodies this principle as Rainbolt chronicles her research and personal experiences as an unschooled of her three children. She says, “Living life is the ultimate stage for learning . We have forgotten this . Our ancestors … Continue reading What We’re Reading: Sage Homeschooling (Rachel Rainbolt)

Unlocking Montessori Key #6: Learning with Meaningful Context

Usually, I frame my posts through stories of my children or other students, but when I sat down to draft today’s article, I had a vivid memory from my own past - I wasn’t quite a child (or I certainly didn’t think I was!) but it was certainly a learning experience for me. I remember … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori Key #6: Learning with Meaningful Context

Unlocking Montessori – Key #5: Learning From Peers & the Unconscious Absorbent Mind

———————————— This fifth principle of Montessori education is one intuitive to most parents - especially in the preschool years. It is the understanding that children will learn from their peers and their surroundings continually, not just in lesson times.  Maria Montessori used the term “unconscious absorbent mind” to describe the concept of the child taking … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #5: Learning From Peers & the Unconscious Absorbent Mind

“Bye Mom, I’m going to my work!”

I often wonder what my children make of this COVID-19 quarantine. At 1 and 3 years old, they don’t understand words like “germs”, “pandemic”, or “global health crisis”. The younger seems to operate business-as-usual, with a notably lower tolerance for car rides since they are now so infrequent. For his older brother, though, the changes … Continue reading “Bye Mom, I’m going to my work!”