The Soul of Learning (Part 1) – Selfhood

Learn Forward™ is an exploration of the soul of learning; an invitation to be curious about what matters most.  It is more than an academic exercise, content to master, or a school community.  It is more than a group of friends or a teacher’s acumen.  And, it is more than grades, report cards, or outcomes.  But, […]

Help! My Child is Not Thriving

Design for thriving?  Easier said than done.  What if my child is not thriving?  Where do I start?  What changes do I make?

Every parent knows the experience of a season when their child isn’t flourishing.  Maybe it is a season full of foul frustration or school is so difficult or sadness is weighing down all […]

By |March 4th, 2019|Design, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

Dreaming as Play

Dreaming is a powerful form of play!

And how vulnerable!

As we explore play and dreaming, it is easy to see the need for safety!
Unfolding Dreams
As I play with my children, hear their hearts, listen as they describe their preferred futures or whisper their bedtime wishes, even in goal-setting sessions with The Builder, I can easily feel […]

The Essentialism of Play

We are stuck in work mode!  We consider productivity, maximizing, organization, Marie Kondo-ing, and achievement all the time.  The questions swirl like, “What’s in it for me?” or “What is the ideal pathway?” incessantly.  Our rationalism, spirituality, and heritage worship work. But, maybe there is an essential role for play!

The Builder (my husband) and I […]

Children as Change-Makers

Over the holidays, I recounted the story of a family member’s journey through WWII, along with the scars of the trauma of being hungry as a child.  We discussed some leftover behaviours like having to be particular to ensure not too much potato gets carved off when peeling because we don’t want to waste.

The truth […]

By |January 11th, 2019|Changemaking, Faith, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

The Possibility of the Season

Last week, I promised the Learn Forward blog would include the reflections of Mr. Jeff Harshad Thomlinson, co-founder of Take a Breath for Schools, yogi, spiritual seeker, mentor, and friend to join me in this deep inquiry of “Word Became Flesh.”

We had the opportunity to sit over tea and consider our mutual meditation of the “Word […]

By |December 17th, 2018|Belonging, Faith, Rooted, The Climb, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

Holding the Paradox

Friends, as we approach the long darkness of the year, here in the Northern hemisphere, it is good to consider the season.  There is a paradox of what is spiritual and what is physical.  We live in the truth of what we experience in our senses and our spirit.  Although we acknowledge this paradox in […]

The Lacework of Humanity

Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  The question of connection haunts us.  Our age of acceleration has magnetically pulled us into digital spaces, with the promise of connection, yet it never satiates.  Our quest leaves us hollow.  We spend addictive amounts of time on social media, texting, and […]

By |November 19th, 2018|Belonging, Changemaking, education, Thriving|0 Comments

Let Them Cry – The Key to Adaptation

As parents and teachers, sometimes we hold or comfort a child who cries.  The holy moment of an expression of sadness, grief, or futility is a moment of adaptation.  Wet and salty acceptance.
Big Emotions
While big emotions are often difficult and sometimes even socially inappropriate, children cannot be expected to behave like adults.  The work of maturing […]

By |November 4th, 2018|Belonging, Thriving, What Matters Most, Worthiness|0 Comments

Never Let Go

I spent the early years of mothering focused on providing the best meals, organizing the playrooms, ensuring the best learning environments, and facilitating my big kids’ activities.  My concerns centred around obedience and discipline.  However, what I don’t think I did as well, was express my unequivocal, wildly passionate, and wholly devoted love to my […]

By |October 19th, 2018|Belonging, Parenting, Rooted, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments