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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coaching Children ~ Four Big Ideas for the Lived Curriculum

By |November 13th, 2016|

We are coaching children into their extraordinary potential! I am passionate about helping parents and teachers co-design spaces for children to thrive and I am asking myself and others, “How can we coach children effectively over the course of their school days?”

First of all, I’m trying to learn how to be a better coach. My adolescents […]

Nest Building: Our Home[work]

By |July 18th, 2016|

The summer we turned twenty-seven, my husband and I purchased our first home, and the night before the sale closed, I began to fully panic.

The open-concept condo we had chosen, while spacious and filled with natural light, also felt sort of cavernous and kind of overwhelming.

But backing out didn’t seem to be an option, and […]

The Big Question

By |June 27th, 2016|

What does it essentially mean to design and practice being a Learn Forward school or home?  It means learning is at the centre.  It means focusing on process.  It means being committed to your practice.

As the Chief Learning Officer of Willowstone Academy, I can say, my heart is broken open at the end of the year.  The […]

Encourage the Emergence of Your Child

By |April 17th, 2016|

Like a butterfly emerging from her spring cocoon, so a child’s sense of identity comes forth.  It is slow and requires coaxing.  It peaks through one small portion at a time.  It is a great risk.  The energy is a palpable force of nature, as mysterious as the transformation.

Springtime is a lovely opportunity to consider another […]

The Courage to Rest

By |March 13th, 2016|

My most cherished things are helping children thrive, the moments you spend with me, staying focused on what matters most, authentic relationships, and our family of five.  If these are my most cherished things, it’s important to me to gather what is scattered in my own mind and renew my heart for the days ahead. […]

How Trump Signals Big Changes Ahead

By |February 21st, 2016|

My son, at 19 years old, is captivated by politics.  He primarily follows Canadian and US national politics, so based on the cycle, he cajoled us into watching the South Carolina primary coverage yesterday, including Donald Trump’s speech.

The GOP race is surprising and disturbing on some level, but that analyses is a different blog. What […]

Bookends for Gathering

By |January 3rd, 2016|

Our return to school is on our minds.  Creating beautiful spaces is our work together. Together, we create beautiful spaces.  Learn Forward calls it the Table of Learning.  There is a place for each parent, teacher, and child.  There are places for community members, leaders, and specialists.  There is a place for anyone who wants […]