This site is dedicated to the support and empowerment of parents, teachers, caregivers and students.
And to all of the children and families who have taught me how to listen, learn, live and love.
My first experience of seeing the enormous beauty in early childhood learning was when I was 15 years old. A single mother in my apartment complex had two children, one of which was autistic thinking without verbal communication. She worked nights as a waitress and I came over everyday after dinner and took care of both kids. Autism was an enormous stress on the household. Although the mother had some resources and intervention, none of it was of quality. I think I made twenty dollars. I looked forward to being with both kids everyday, and I was making so much progress revising what autism meant in the home. The oldest girl and I used to make dance videos together before bed. We would make fun play areas for her brother to find in the morning. We packed lunches. We cleaned up the house and left little gifts for her mom. We listened to and trusted each other. We all had purpose. I came to realize that building these connections, trust, and purpose was where root learning happened. When I was 15,
this was the most important part of my day- Now it’s the most important part of my life.
April received her degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University Fullerton and is completing her Masters in Early Childhood Leadership and Organizational Change.
Winner of the Althea B. McLaren award in Arts in Early Childhood and the Robert B. McLaren award in Children’s Moral Development.
To me The Learning Root is an awe inspiring space deep within each of us. A place where everything we could possibly learn sits awaiting our knowledge of it.
In early Childhood we have innumerable theories and approaches that seek to support the child in reaching their greatest potential- and with good cause. Early childhood is the place where we can fix the worlds worst problems, and it can also be where the world’s worst problems are created and recreated. We have many great thinkers who have contributed to an immense world healing. The many approaches from Montessori to STEAM, Reggio Emelia to Waldorf- All can be extraordinarily beautiful paths to learning.
Now, let’s get to the Root.
I hope that you can find material from this site that inspires and empowers you. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a caregiver, a friend- I’m rooting for you.
A few reasons why this work is insurmountably important for us all:
For support, questions, or conversation please contact me through the form below. Here are some ways I have been able to support others:
- Creating enriching early childhood environments at home.
- Plans and approaches for times of conflict with anything from behavior to academics.
- Powerful art projects for early childhood
- Individualized curricula to support the roots of learning during a time of distance learning.
- Applying and/or learning about different early childhood learning philosophies and what might support your child exactly where they are.
- Classroom organization and beautification
- Early childhood program design or re-design