There are so many beautiful philosophies when it comes to supporting how you approach early childhood education.
From Montessori to Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Forest Schools, Child-Led, Theme Based Education, Play Based, Child-Centered, Curriculum Guided… the list could get very long.
Something that most, if not all of these educational foundations have in common is the value placed on the environment where the learning occurs: be it outside in nature or inside a beautifully and thoughtfully created space – or a combination of the two. There is a research-based belief that the space in which the learning occurs has an incredible impact on each child’s experience.
I love the idea of a “wonder-filled environment”, a phrase I first heard from Sally of Fairy Dust Teaching.
But what exactly is a wonder-filled learning environment?
Creating meaningful learning in early childhood education doesn’t have to be overwhelming and complicated. You don’t need the newest toys, you don’t need to spend a small fortune changing your playroom into dramatic play environments that are worthy of Pinterest or Instagram. You just have to trust in the learning that comes from play, with the child in the lead.read more
Bookclub Review: The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively I’ve had this book among my collection for a long time. It wasn’t until I reached out to my awesome community and asked if anyone wanted to join me in reading it that I...read more
Squeals of laughter sneak into a hallway lined with pictures and stories of that month’s learning. The images portray the children enthralled in investigation; balancing blocks that test the edges of physics, creating art that is filled with colorful emotion, using...read more
Creating learning environments that meet everyone's needs. This morning I attended a presentation with the hilarious and engaging Marc Battle. Marc is a passionate educator who knows and understands the value and importance of the environment in which children...read more
Social Skills from Storytelling I love my job. I genuinely love what I do. I get to work with educators who are changing lives every day. I get to watch the magic happen in between wiped noses and zipped zippers. That magic spot where a child feels fully heard and...read more
WHAT IS A BEAUTIFUL THINGS BOX? I've had quite a few readers reach out - asking about something I mention quite often. I walk you through a Beautiful Things Box that we are currently using and what we have inside - to learn more about why I love these and why they...read more