Questions for Designing Learning

By |March 4th, 2018|

What questions do teachers ask to design learning for the future? What questions should we ask? How can parents join us at the Table of Learning?

We are re-designing school in many ways and yet the shifts in education can feel like a hall of mirrors, disorienting and repetitive or inconsequential at worst.

Parents and teachers, we […]

4 Principles of Playfulness in Design

By |January 27th, 2018|

Learn Forward asks the question, “How are we all, children, parents, and teachers, on a journey towards thriving?” If that’s our question, it seems natural to have a conversation about the power of play, what children do best.

My little girl described her play in a playground game that a mixed-age group of girls made up. […]

Designing for Thriving Begins with Empathy

By |January 13th, 2018|

Everyone is talking about thriving, flourishing, and positive psychology! Possibly the greatest break-through in neurology in the last generation was the idea of neuroplasticity.  The brain can change throughout our lifetimes. We can learn new things and change our way of being.  I don’t know about you, but I am deeply encouraged by this scientific […]

A Manifesto on Literacy

By |April 1st, 2017|

by Karine Veldhoen and Dr. Susan Crichton

for Niteo Africa Society on their 10 year Anniversary

Literacy liberates.  Literate children become critical and creative thinkers, meaning makers, problem finders and problem solvers.  Literate children become change makers in an increasingly complex world.
Books are for everyone. 
Very young children acquire language through conversation with their families and friends. In […]

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 […]

Love, In All Its Fullness, for Changemaking

By |May 29th, 2016|

Some experiences transcend language: a wedding day, the birth of a baby, the trip of a lifetime.  When people ask about the experience, the words sound hollow and descriptions too vague.

It is impossible to articulate the magnitude of the event because I am fundamentally changed.  My role, my identity, my future.

Therein lies the risk of […]

Creativity Goes Collaborative

By |November 24th, 2014|

You’ll never believe what happened this week!  The Christmas Concert Was Saved!  I know, I know!  It sounds like a children’s book.  But, it really happened at our school and it is a story worth telling!Our LearnForward nest at Willowstone Academy is all about personalized learning, critical thinking, and creative thinking.  We are working towards being and […]