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 […]

Move from Stress to Rest

By |October 1st, 2016|

Any ideas on how to manage the stress?  The calendar turned to October and we’re not sure it is letting up.  Those of us caring for children in homes and classrooms are definitely feeling the weight of back-to-school.  We post about autumn being the time to “let things go” and yet, we’re still figuring out what […]

A Big Secret to Self-Regulation for Children

By |September 24th, 2016|

Have you ever sunk into the generosity and luxury of a cherishing hug?  You know the kind of hug; one where you are truly embraced on a cellular level, from the depth of your soul to the core of your being. Fragrant. Warm. Enveloped. Cuddled. Comforted.

Children need hugs.

They don’t need to be rushed or hurried, chastened or directed. […]

Celebrate Children

By |September 17th, 2016|

The process of growing up is messy.  It doesn’t go in a straight line.  Sometimes it goes backwards and sometimes it goes forward.  It is a messy-togetherness.  YET, we can still celebrate!
Learning is both a messy-togetherness and a celebration!
In my last Learn Forward blog, I wrote about how classrooms are shelters, vulnerable places, with parents who […]

Table of Learning – Children Want to Belong

By |August 21st, 2016|

Every child wants to belong.  We need to include them.  How can we open our hearts with a vision to see the gifts of every child?

There’s a clue in the Story of the Cracked Pot, told by Kevin Kling, is transcribed here by OnBeing,

Back in the days when pots and pans could talk, which indeed […]

Gifts to Carry Forward

By |August 14th, 2016|

Rituals permeate a home designed for thriving.
Sleep, eating, work, fulfillment, health, relationships, spirituality; there’s just so much to consider.
Sometimes we wonder how to keep all the balls in the air; sometimes we realize we are!
 We’re so grateful for Riva’s reflections on nest-building and for sharing the rituals they incorporate into their home, for the sake of their child. […]

Making Home: A Work in Progress

By |July 11th, 2016|

Riva and her family are living a cherished story.  Their wholehearted and tender pursuit of ‘making home’ connected us initially.  It was a joy to get to know them through the Nest-Building private coaching experience.  
Riva now offers us an invaluable gift.  As a professional writer, sociologist, and mother, Riva Soucie, she shares her family’s story and experience with […]

Step into the Story of Summer

By |July 3rd, 2016|

Beauty is the story we live.

Have you ever considered your story a beautiful one?  Filled with all that is bittersweet, tragic and comic, a saga of heroism. Your journey, your pathway, with all its twists and turns has the makings of a great narrative.

We are each living a beautiful story, crafted with care and worthiness. […]

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 […]