Unlocking Montessori – Key #4: Internal Rewards & Motivation

With Coronavirus continuing to loom, many of us are still working on our quarantine hobby. I’m looking at you Sourdough Bread Starter. While many of us started gardens or practiced baking inspired by fears of food shortages, some have stuck to the task out of stubborn determination to WIN THIS THING. You know the feeling … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #4: Internal Rewards & Motivation

An Invitation to Play

If you’ve spent any time looking at preschool schooling ideas online, you’ve likely heard of creating “invitations to play”. An invitation to play is a really straight-forward idea, but there are some misconceptions regarding the concept. In this post, I just want to clear up what an invitation to play is, what it is not, … Continue reading An Invitation to Play

Unlocking Montessori – Key #3: Child-Led Learning

I’ll admit a little bias here: child-led learning is my favorite. Why? Because children love it, yes, but also because (shhh) it’s easy.  Continuing our series on Montessori, the 3rd key to understanding this educational method is individual interest and child-led learning. Children are naturally curious and constantly exploring their environments. Montessori allows the child's … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #3: Child-Led Learning

Unlocking Montessori – Key #2: Freedom

Montessori Key #2: Free Choice & Perceived Autonomy  For this second key to understanding Montessori, I want you to think about the last several weeks of quarantine. Even if you are an introvert who works from home, somehow being under lockdown feels stifling and has given many feelings of anxiety or even depression. Why is … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #2: Freedom

Next Generation Ecologists: Raising Our Kids to Care about the Planet

Today is Earth Day! How are you celebrating? This past weekend we were watching a nature documentary. Jealous of the photojournalists, I turned to my husband, "Can you believe that is their real-life job?" We started talking about what it would take to be an ecologist or photojournalist for National Geographic (the pipe dream of … Continue reading Next Generation Ecologists: Raising Our Kids to Care about the Planet

Coronavirus Course Correction

You've probably seen that nefarious thorny blob, the microscopic representation of the coronavirus. While these days anyone mentioning "coronavirus" is likely talking about COVID-19 and the global pandemic we're currently going through (even typing that is weird - is this real life?), the name coronavirus is actually more of classification describing a range of respiratory … Continue reading Coronavirus Course Correction