Tiny Treasures

fall_table_idea_treasures

  Trusting children with little things, may take getting used to but when they are ready small toys can take on the role of treasures.  Tiny toys to wrap their hands around and stuff in those itty bitty pockets.     Things found and things that they can keep as their own without the adults […]

Spontaneous Games

Projector_Inventing_Games

  Childhood is the time for idleness. It is the time for long afternoons in the yard catching ladybugs or mornings spent with some paper, tape, and a pair of scissors.     A little time to themselves and the girls invented a game. Some translucent cups and a projected light were their inspiration.   […]

Facilitating the Learning Process

HomeschoolCoopMain

Right around mid-May, I started to get anxious. There were only a few more weeks left of school, and I was worried about how we would all adjust to this change in our routine. The girls (3 and 4 years old) attend preschool twice a week for four hours each day. It’s not a lot, […]

Inspired by Paint

paint_mix

    Brand new jars . . .   Red, yellow, and blue paint mixed in several combinations.         Newly mixed paint means newly inspired children.     Lots of ideas!     The colors were named green-blue, purple, dark purple, purple, blue-yellow and so on.     I think we need […]

Storytelling With Child-Created Puppets

Storytelling01

  “What would you like to play?” Me to the girls.   Without a moment’s hesitation, Greysen says, “I want to sew a puppet.”   Since my sewing knowledge is limited, I grabbed felt (my go-to material), and a small sewing kit that I put together when Greysen worked on her first such project.   […]

Why I Think There is No Place for Coloring Pages in ECE

Anti_Color_Books

    One of the things I miss most about being a curriculum coordinator is the direct impact I could have on ECE practice.  If such a thing existed, my ECE rule book would firmly state, no coloring pages allowed.   My opinion of coloring pages is not about what coloring pages are, but rather […]

The Relationships of Childhood

relationships_01

When I look back through the blog, I notice how much my early posts focused on the girls’ individual experiences – what they did and how they did it. Now that they are older, I can more easily see how their world has grown. Their relationships now extend beyond our immediate family.   The relationship […]

A Waldorf Inspired Birthday

Waldorf_Birthday

  When you were one, you explored.                   I was getting to know you.    When you were two, you became passionate.                  I started to know myself as a mama.   When you were three, you became aware of being empowered.                  I began to understand how to flexibly partner with you.     […]

A Peaceful Toddlerhood

RIE Peaceful

  The outdoors are immeasurably valuable to young children’s growth and development. Developing a connection and awareness of nature and wildlife is a priority for my daughters’ childhood.   When my daughters and I go outdoors, I have no intentions for “education” to happen, though it always does.   This week the lesson was for […]

The Distress of the Dress

play clothes

  It is so easy to say I don’t care about my daughters’ clothes when their preferences match my ideas of what is important.   Unfettered play, climbing trees, and canals built in the sand or mud is how I dreamt of my children playing. And they do. They do play that way, I just […]