Play Is The Core of All Learning

There is a season of childhood play that is physical and imaginative. It is a season of touching, tasting, singing, jumping, play-doh, bubbles, puddles, mud pies, sand, bugs, forts, acting out stories, helping, squishing food, favorite stories read by heart, coloring and drawing, pretending, dress-up, puppets, sticks, face paint and finger paint, and bubble baths….

Grocery Store Classroom

Unschooling is like improv. When we don’t have curriculum or an academic agenda we have to find learning everywhere we go. And ordinary activities – like grocery shopping – can be a wealth of learning! Fortunately, my Sweetpea is 8 and the ultimate helper. Each week, I’m amazed at how many big and little learning…

My 8yo Is In Love With This STEM Toy

Tinkerer. My girl loves to tinker! She takes things apart, figures out how things work, and asks questions about the things in our house and the world around us. She notices the sensors that make stuff go (like automated doors at the grocery or when the car knows you’re not buckled). My daughter is endlessly…

Top 3 Cooperative Games for Families (No Tears!)

“Gameschooling” is a big part of our home learning environment. We play a LOT of games: traditional games, kids games, board games, card games, math games, invented games.¬†At least one a day. Some days, we might play 3 different games back to back. This sheer volume of games is one big factor in how we…

Book vs Movie: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

We love books and stories. I read aloud for about an hour at bedtime, and we also listen to audiobooks in the car, while we play, and while we are being creative. I was so delighted in my daughter’s capacity to think critically about a story and engage with how it was presented. Right now…