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

Back-to-School

      After a wonderful summer of travel, we are back home finding ourselves adjusting to the back-to-school routine.  When I last wrote an entry the kids and I were spending time learning about art.  We took time to learn about Renaissance artists form Florence, Impressionist, Post-Impressionists and Modern art in preparation for our trip… Continue reading Back-to-School

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

Galaxy Art

The enthusiasm for space continues!  Yesterday, the kids looked at photos of galaxies and stars in books and online.  My 11-year-old and 6-year-old each used different materials to make a picture of a galaxy.   My daughter experimented with Maya Mists spray paints (from a crafty friend) and some acrylic paint to make her image.… Continue reading Galaxy Art

Learning Space Tour

Welcome to our creative learning space! The summer of 2016 we moved into our current house and I decided to do away with the formal dining room to create a space where the family could make together. This is the first room you see when you walk into our house. I hope you enjoy getting a… Continue reading Learning Space Tour

The Learning Environment

Hello! Welcome to the Guided Learning blog.  My name is Maria. I created Guided Learning to share our creative learning space and how we follow our interests. I took this photo one morning before the kids left for school. They were each immersed in making or writing.  Given the space and time to pursue their… Continue reading The Learning Environment