Category: at home

You Don’t Have to Look to Finland to See How Freedom in Teaching Leads to Engagement in Learning

I am happy to announce that A Gift of Wonder, my book  about my six year journey as a new teacher with my first class at The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, will be published in the spring of 2017 by SteinerBooks. The book is centered in classroom experience in a school where teachers stay with the same group of…

The Core of Good Parenting is the Fun Stuff

A TEACHER’S ADVICE TO PARENTS IN ONE SHORT LIST According to studies and  parents themselves, parenting can make you tired, overwhelmed and anxious. And no wonder. The parent zone includes marinara drizzled onto your new beige carpet, more hours in the car than in your bed and entire mountain ranges of laundry. Plus you are responsible for the health and…

Share this with Parents and Teachers: The Most Amazing and Important Lesson You Will Ever Teach

Part One of Series: Lessons about Reversing Climate Change  Dear Parents and Teachers, The amazing facts in this lesson are vital for reversing climate change, yet you will not see climate change mentioned in this lesson for third, fourth and fifth graders. In middle school and beyond it makes sense to talk about practical applications of this science that will…

Toddlers Blooming in the Garden Revisited

The frozen earth is a fertile zone for the gardener’s active mind. Seed catalogs, plot plans, old planting records and books about organic pest control and landscape design are the tools of dreamers who see beyond the white blanket hiding last year’s garden stubble and the remaining leeks. If you are a parent or a gardening teacher, chances are your…

Five Reasons to Think Twice Before Praising Your Child and Five Ideas for What to Do Instead

(photo:You want your child to be free, to be led by his or her own inner self) A mom at the playground this morning called excitedly to her child. “Good job!” I couldn’t see her because I was working inside a greenhouse next to the twisty orange plastic slide. Thirty seconds later, I heard it again, “Good job!” and again…

Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions

Originally posted on Growing Children:
Childhood questions about facts and philosophy are a bit like childhood requests for small favors. “Mommy, you have to carry my backpack. It’s too heavy.” “Daddy, I can’t find my coat. You look for it, please, pretty please?” Of course you don’t want to ignore your child’s requests or their questions. Some small favors and…

Introduction to Toddlers Blooming in the Garden

She sits on my lap, lining up sage leaves. Her little hand lifts the aromatic, fuzzy leaves from their water bath and lays them on the perforated tray that I will slide into the dehydrator. It is a bright September day on the back deck where we work together, steadily filling the trays with the taste of autumn stews. I…