Author: Kim Allsup

This is how to help children find their moral compass

Writing in The Atlantic, Paul Barnwell says that students today have a “broken moral compass” because “The pressures of national academic standards have pushed character education out of the classroom.” (link below) One of the reasons I wrote A Gift of Wonder was to share a picture in which character education is integrated with academics. I discovered that this approach…

The Power of Observation

Take a full day to simply observe your child or your student. Above all do not judge as you observe. Notice the way she rises from a chair. Listen closely to her laughter. Does he step lightly or do his feet pound heavily? Listen to her speech. Is she loud or soft spoken? What causes him to appear content, afraid…

Children of the Light: a story for children

Recently, I was asked whether I had written any stories appropriate for the second grade block in a Waldorf school or homeschool that features tales about exemplary people. I wrote this story and told it before the November festival of Martinmas which is a time when the year turns toward outer darkness and we are reminded of the importance of…

An Accidental Discovery that Sparks Curiosity and Turbocharges Learning

    Does photosynthesis work the same in underwater plants as land plants?  This perceptive query about photosynthesis asked in a fifth grade botany class led to one of those moments when curiosity electrified our classroom. When I admitted I didn’t know the answer yet, my students gave me an assignment. “Will you find out and tell us?” By fourth…