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

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

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

Spending Time Together

The last couple of weekends have been a little busy for our family.  Saturdays seem to belong to the kids' sport meets, games, or practice.  We feel worn out when the weekends are busy and don't include time to refresh or relax. During busy weekends, it feels extra important to find ways to connect and spend… Continue reading Spending Time Together

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

Teaching a Single Learner

I recently realized that tutoring has always been part of my life.  In high school I tutored students in math at the local middle school.  As an engineering student in college, I volunteered at a high school.  Tutoring is what led me to consider switching majors to education.  I enjoy the learning and teaching process and… Continue reading Teaching a Single Learner

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

Space, Clay and Learning

My six-year-old has developed an interest in space.  He specifically asked to know more about the people who first landed on the moon.  I looked around our house for our space books and displayed them in our learning space for him to look at and read. On Wednesday he signed up to go the public… Continue reading Space, Clay and Learning

Influences

I noticed early on that my children were curious and passionate about specific topics. Taking time to observe them as they play or to listen them talk about their interests allows me to choose materials that invite them to further explore and learn about a topic.  Their intense curiosity is what prompted me to provide them with… Continue reading Influences

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