Photo-Part of Raising Up Wild Things Garden Nature Journal
Years in the classroom as a teacher, shifted everything I once believed about learning. In fact, it forced me to step back into my childhood to see how I was learning well before I stepped foot into a classroom. It helped me see that I didn't need to lead the way in my classroom, I needed to observe my students and allow them to show me the way.
Learning is happening all the time
Our children begin learning in the womb and one of the most powerful things we can do is speak to our child/children before they are born. Same goes for after they are born-speak to them, read to them, connect, pay attention to what makes their eyes light up and dive in.
Follow the child
Unfortunately, child led learning is often replaced with the pressure to keep up and one very common concern-"How do I know if my child is behind?
First I want to ask this-Behind what?
Truth is every child is behind someone and every child is ahead of someone. So let's drop the comparison and worry. Let's start focusing on OUR child/children and support them where they are at- whether they are well ahead, right on track or "behind."
One of the best things we can do is drop the pressure to perform for a test or milestone. Sure, milestones have their place, but everyone should be able to reach them differently and at different times.
Let's trust our children to bloom when they are ready. And more often than not, let's follow the child instead of leading the child.
When we give our children the opportunity to lean into what they love, the learning is lifelong instead of test passing long. The knowledge stays when a child is interested and the quest to know more is constant.
With that said, I often get asked what we use for a curriculum. We don't follow a curriculum, we follow our child and use some wonderful resources to support her.
If you are looking for some great resources I'm including some of our favorites!
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Here are a few of my other favorites. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about any of the resources. I'm even happy to share a sneak peak!
I have several other resources, please reach out if you need help. I love helping families find the perfect fit for their child/children.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and remember to breathe-play and rest is also learning.