Play for Literacy Learning (Part 1)

By |March 5th, 2017|

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

By |February 26th, 2017|

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 […]

4 Truths about Learning Communities as Loving Spaces

By |February 19th, 2017|

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 […]

Self-Reflect to Self-Direct

By |February 5th, 2017|

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

By |January 29th, 2017|

“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

By |January 21st, 2017|

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, […]

Well-Spoken Words are Like Apples of Gold

By |January 14th, 2017|

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 […]

The Essence of a Welcome

By |January 7th, 2017|

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 […]

Learning Feels Like a Paradox

By |November 27th, 2016|

It is good to discuss a beginner’s mind, but being in a completely foreign place makes the pilgrimage of learning come alive.  My trip to China reminded me.  The cultural gaffes, the re-reading in the evenings, and the endless questions and conversations were all centred around learning because everything was new.  I was a beginner.

I sat […]

China, Children, and Changes

By |November 20th, 2016|

Changemaking fundamentally changes me.  The reason Learn Forward believes in changemaking, as one of the most important journeys of a child, is because when we open up our hands to give, to learn, and to make a difference, our hearts shift.  As we reach out, what is unsettled inside of us forms into something more substantive […]