mathematical thinking

Learning about Place Value

Children begin to learn about place value from the time they are very young and they continue to make sense of our base ten number system through middle school. They use what they understand about numbers and place value to solve math problems. Young children will count by 1's to solve simple addition and subtraction… Continue reading Learning about Place Value

Creative Space, Learning Studio

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… Continue reading The Guided Learning Studio

Child Friendly Home

Six Steps for Decorating Your Home

Happy New Year! In January, I will celebrate my blog's first anniversary. I am very thankful for having this space to write and share my ideas about our learning environment and interest-based learning. I often share photos of my home and the ways we use our space for learning, homework, and making. It is important… Continue reading Six Steps for Decorating Your Home

gifted education

Acceleration and Enrichment for Advanced Learners

Areas of study should be based on  the learner's interests.      Over the last several years, I have been interested in learning about the instructional and schooling needs of advanced learners.  In my coursework in gifted education, the idea that most stood out for me is that learning should be based on a child's… Continue reading Acceleration and Enrichment for Advanced Learners

handicrafts

A Season for Handicrafts

     During the holiday season I like to invite the kids to make and create.  Sometimes we make cookies or a cake after school while we talk about our day.  Then they are off to complete homework or play for awhile.  On weekends and when the kids are out of school during winter break… Continue reading A Season for Handicrafts

Emergent writers

Responding to Your Child’s Writing with Encouragement

     It isn't easy to know what to say when you young child shows you his latest writing piece.  It might be a letter, a list, or a comic.  Young children might show you a picture with some scribbles and an elementary aged child may have several sentences or several pages depending on her… Continue reading Responding to Your Child’s Writing with Encouragement

Child Friendly Home

A Kid-Friendly Home

     Over the weekend we moved around the furniture in our house in an effort to connect our learning space (formerly the dining room) with the living room to create one learning space.  I like to think of it as a learning studio, where I can tutor students, hold art classes, and a place… Continue reading A Kid-Friendly Home

Creative Space

The Value of Handwork and Handicrafts

"Busy hands, happy heart."      I enjoy creating items with my hands.  I was influenced by my dad who enjoyed to making handicrafts in his free time.  I grew up watching him make beautiful things with his hands.  When he was very young he was ill and my grandparents wouldn't let him go out to… Continue reading The Value of Handwork and Handicrafts

Emergent writers

Invitations to Write

"Writing is making marks that have meaning." -Jennifer Hallissy      It is an exciting time when children begin writing.  Young children make marks and scribbles on paper and imitate the letter forms they see around them when they start writing.  As some children move from early childhood to childhood their interest in writing wanes… Continue reading Invitations to Write

Child Friendly Home

Creative Thinking

     When many of us think about creativity we think of the arts.  I often imagine an artist painting in a studio or a musician composing music but creative thinking also exists in mathematics, science, and athletics.  Children exhibit interest in different areas and we can encourage the behaviors that lead to creative thinking… Continue reading Creative Thinking