Play for Literacy Learning (Part 2)

This week included an amazing conversation with a friend about her son’s literacy learning; we’re all trying to figure it out. As parents and teachers we are so passionate about reading success and wondering how to best champion the potential of our children. We brainstormed together.

It became clear during our conversation how capable her little boy is and we […]

Play for Literacy Learning (Part 1)

Our literacy learning blog series began with the definition of literacy as listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  It is a broad definition highlighting some of the most important learning processes of early childhood (ages 0-7).

We explored the idea, “What if the entire purpose of early literacy learning is to infuse it with happiness?”

Learn Forward knows […]

How to Infuse Literacy Learning with Joy

Literacy learning, defined for our purposes as listening, speaking, reading, and writing, is a natural source of joy for young children! It is infused with play and delight. Our attitudes as parents and teachers either cultivate the delight or chip away at it.

Children naturally love to experience stories. When we draw them close and whisper […]

By |February 26th, 2017|Belonging, Creative Thinking, Design, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments

4 Truths about Learning Communities as Loving Spaces

Schools, along with teachers, students, and parents, have a bold purpose of being a child’s primary experience of community. Can we expand the word “love” to describe our experience in schools?

I believe schools are the best positioned institution in western society to cultivate community. We have nurtured acceptance and inclusion within a context that is […]

By |February 19th, 2017|Belonging, Changemaking, Selfhood|0 Comments

Self-Reflect to Self-Direct

Reflecting is the key to directing!  If you want to design for thriving, you must know how to reflect.

I sat with my journal this morning, writing about the month we’ve concluded, planning the month to come, when my phone beeped.  My guest podcast on Transformative Principal with Jethro Jones published.  The tweet re-affirmed the message […]

The Blossoming of Trust

“I feel that trust is something of a radical act,” says Eula Biss, in a recent interview.  Trusting is radical.  The easier pathway is worst first.  I can feel it in our school.  Yet, we need to nurture a positive atmosphere characterized by trust.

As a school Principal, I am interested in how to create the conditions for […]

To Honour the Space Between Us

As the inaugural ballroom empties and the women rally, the need for resilience in our relationships has never been greater.  How can we create relational resilience in our society? Start right where you are.

Throughout this post, I’d like to draw your attention to a number of readings and resources to nourish your soul, sanctify the season, […]

By |January 21st, 2017|Belonging, Changemaking, Design, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments

Well-Spoken Words are Like Apples of Gold

What are Well-Spoken Words?
As a child, I learned this proverb, “Well-spoken words are like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Prov 25:11)  Beautiful wisdom shaped and formed, like custom-made jewelry.  You admire the offerings and want them to decorate the space.  They are precious, timeless, and weighty.  Words who speak promise and truth and vulnerability […]

By |January 14th, 2017|Belonging, Faith, Parenting, Table of Learning, Teaching|0 Comments

The Essence of a Welcome

Welcome Home
Over the holidays both my mother and mother-in-law offered the warmest welcome.  The food, beds, games, and activities were prepared.  The tables and ovens were set.  The details were considered with care and the preferences, comfort, and requirements of each one was reflected in the welcome.  With each mention of need or concern, adjustments were made […]

Faith – A Most Important Journey

Faith is an experience of sensing more than seeing.  Making sense of faith is one of the most important journeys of a child.  It is one of my most important journeys.
The season is wrapped in the mystery of the faith.  We are sitting on the couch discussing whether parents or Santa ensure there are presents […]