The Guided Learning Studio

Happy 2019! 

I am excited to start the new year with ideas about the kinds of learning and teaching happening in my home. I started this blog just about a year ago as a way to share the ways I encourage my kids’ interests. At the time, I was also supporting the learning needs of a friend’s child once a week. I really enjoyed working with him and soon I began working a couple of other students as well. I now have six students, 1st grade thru high school, that I work with! As, I reflect on the content of the blog and on the kinds of learning occurring in the space, I decided to rename the blog, Guided Learning Studio. I think this name better reflects the content of the blog and our learning space.

A lesson on reading comprehension focused on using critical thinking skills.

A Learning Studio

For a little while now, it has been a dream of mine to have a learning studio. This year marks the beginning of creating a such a space and sharing it with others. In 2019, the focus of the blog will be to share about the happenings in studio. I will continue to share about the crafts and learning activities my kids engage in and I will write more about the learning activities and resources I use with the students I work with. I love incorporating art and process art activities into the enrichment and tutoring sessions I offer so I will share more about how and why I use art within learning sessions.

My daughter looking at a Georgia O’Keefe painting at the Phoenix Art Museum.

In 2018, I realized how much I enjoy sharing art experiences with my kids. Over the summer, we had the opportunity to learn about western art and visit world famous museums. (You can read my tips for visiting museum with kids.) During the winter break, we visited the Phoenix Art Museum. The visit to the museum highlighted the need to continue inviting the kids to engage with art throughout the year. This spring I am setting aside time to invite my kids to do more art activities. I also plan to offer small group art sessions for elementary aged students.

Looking at a Rodin sculpture at the Phoenix Art Museum

I am very grateful to be able to have a space in home dedicated to learning and I am eager to invite others to use the space this year. In the coming weeks, I will provide more information about the small group art session I plan to offer.

Fractions and Piet Mondrian Art 
Fractions and Piet Mondrian Art class for middle school girls ~ Summer 2018

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Maria Arana

Hi, I am Maria, a mom to three wonderful kiddos. My family and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We love the beauty of the desert southwest. I am a former primary teacher and elementary math coach. I love to encourage my children to follow their interests and passions. At Guided Learning Studio, I offer private personalized lessons and enrichment classes. Tutoring services are best for families seeking long-term educational support over a semester or school-year.

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