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Enchanted Learning

"If parents and teachers take a child's interests seriously, opportunities to create meaningful connections to all kinds of subjects erupt into view" - Julie Bogart The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life I recently began reading Julie Bogart's, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life. The book… Continue reading Enchanted Learning

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

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

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

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Guided Learning

     This week I have been reflecting on the learning and teaching process and thinking about what it means to support children as they learn.  This post is about what guided learning means to me. I will also describe the influence educators and learning philosophies have on my beliefs about learning and teaching. Guided… Continue reading Guided Learning

art appreciation

Learning About Art

     We spent three weeks this summer exploring Europe with the kids.  Before our trip, the kids and I spent about two weeks studying the artist and art works we would see during our trip.   The time we devoted to our art study was well worth it. The kids were able to identify art works… Continue reading Learning About Art

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Multi-Sensory Learning at Home

When I think about the ways kids learn and the way an environment can support learning, I am reminded about the importance of providing kids with materials that can help them visualize a concept or an idea they are working on.  Many of us are visual learners and creating a visual to represent a concept… Continue reading Multi-Sensory Learning at Home

Learning Studio, tutoring

A Learning Play Date

This week in Arizona many schools are closed due to the teacher walkout.  There is a great necessity to adequately fund schools in the state. I support the teachers, administrators and support staff who have stood their ground to put pressure on the state legislature and leaders to come up with a solution. Since the… Continue reading A Learning Play Date

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Middle School Learners

When my kids were young, I would direct their attention toward nature, building blocks, art supplies, etc to keep little hands busy. We also took trips to the zoo, the park, science museum and gardens.  At home, I would place materials out for them to play with and and use.  It was a very natural… Continue reading Middle School Learners