Alphabet as Materials

My heart feels lighter the moment I hear, "THIS is the library I was talking about!" as a beaming 4 year old skips into the library entrance.  My biggest Take-Away from my Masters in Literacy program was to instill a love and passion for reading, for that is the foundation to creating a lifelong Reader. How this [...]

Let the Questions be Your Guide

The Reggio Emilia Approach is based on an Inquiry approach to learning. What does that mean exactly? The big picture is this: We want our children to know their questions are valuable. They are not only worthy of our attention and praise, but they establish a mindset of becoming lifelong learners.  With a child's question, [...]

Routines, Rituals & Rhythm

It's always changing, but after 4 years I'm really enjoying the rhythm we have going on right now. Baby Everleigh is at a fun age (15 months) where she LOVES to feel included in everything big sister Penelope is doing.  For better or for worse, I'm loving it! What's this "rhythm" I speak of? I [...]

See you next Spring Peter Rabbit & Jenny Wren

He (Peter Rabbit) was only just beginning to find out that no one knows all there is to know, especially about the birds.  And no one ever will. (Burgess, p.255).  We had a little melancholy moment at lunch today.  Today's the day we finished reading the book, The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess.  We started [...]