All of the things we want our children to learn they already know how to learn. To write, to read, tell time, walk in a line, understand their feelings, understand the feelings of others- they already know how. Our job- the caregivers, the teachers, the families, the community, it’s all of our job to protect … Continue reading Play: more powerful than anything known
This post approaches winter play ideas with something a little deeper than a list or a Pinterest wall. Both of which are great and essential- but sometimes as parents we are looking for something a little deeper than a one stop activity. So that’s what you will find below. A detailed Principle Play list for Root Learning and the details. Or just skim it like Pinterest! I go both ways here :)
Coloring books make very cool provocations. Especially if you can grab one that has your child’s interests. 🖍 I like to color a new page every couple of days and leave it out for NJ, I always add 3 dimensional aspects to explore with- particularly objects that go with things that have come up recently. … Continue reading Making coloring books 3 dimensional and multifaceted.
Our pizza had those tiny white tables, you know the kind we used in our doll houses? I was so excited to see them because I knew they would have many uses for NJ. Tonight I made this tiny space a provocation with many tools she can use for balancing- or anything else she is … Continue reading Play from peculiar places.
One of the Provocations I had set up for NJ looked like this: Again, there was nothing I was trying to teach her and nothing she had to specifically learn. These items have been placed together in different ways for a couple of weeks- and some days they don’t even get touched. But some days … Continue reading Spiritual Autonomy in Children: A pots and pans and prayer beads approach.
Today Gavin and I went to watch some court cases in Jefferson County. Gavin is interested in law, particularly immigration and international, so we wanted to do some exploring, starting with district attorneys and county attorneys. Not as prestigious as his hopes of working in Canada, but you gotta start some place 😉🧐
Just some inspiration for simple but wonder-full outdoor play. Bundle of a butterfly garden stakes: 9.99 Wonder: Priceless. The dirt. Perhaps the most magical tool or toy of them all.
We all need our environment to support us. From the air we breathe to how much light we need to complete a task- we are innately intertwined and reliant on our environments. The same goes for our children. Behaviors, relationships, power struggles…. all of those growing pieces are enhanced and changed by environment before anything … Continue reading How important is the environment?
Both as ancient as time itself. As for skipping naps in toddler-hood, what a total nightmare that can become. As for cave painting, imagine the cozy warmth of a cave and the dim light of fire and all of our most innate creative abilities stirring in the powerful space of boredom and exhaustion. What do … Continue reading Cave Paintings and Skipping Naps.