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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open-Ended Play

When children play freely they make sense of the world, they explore, experiment, and problem solve.  Mr. Rogers said, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."       There are many different kinds of play children… Continue reading Open-Ended Play

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

Connecting with my Kids

     I've written a few posts about taking time to slow down and spending quality time together with my kids.  In this post I would like to share how we as a family spend time together and how we spend quality one-to-one time with each of our three kids.      One of reasons,… Continue reading Connecting with my Kids