Joy of Learning

By |April 5th, 2020|

Like never before, we have the freedom to focus purely on the joy of learning!  Powerful learners love to expand, grow, explore, try new things and discover.  Now, there is time for sheer student curiosity to lead the way.

While teachers are distributing learning plans to ‘keep students going,’ I’m more interested in what students want […]

Though School is Closed, Learning is Open

By |March 29th, 2020|

Where are you at in the process of designing remote, eLearning for students at home?  Many schools and districts may already have well-formed plans.  Some might be silently preparing still.  Or, maybe you are a parent wondering how any of this could possibly work?

Our school is opening on Monday ‘for learning’ following our two-week spring […]

Interesting Work (Part I)

By |January 20th, 2020|

I LOVE doing interesting work in education!  It makes me want to twirl and sing!  Few things energize me more than creating vibrant learning environments keen on championing the extraordinary potential that lives within every child!

Education is so artful!
A Thought Leader
Recently, I’ve been reading Linchpin – Are You Indispensible by Seth Godin and participating in his […]

Dreaming as Play

By |February 19th, 2019|

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

By |February 4th, 2019|

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 […]

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 […]