The Tiniest Teacher

We found out we were pregnant in January. After months of trying, the news came as a surprise. We knew our home and lifestyle in Placencia, Belize as a childless couple would certainly be turned upside…we expected this. But because of our adventurous nature and my educational background, I expected some of the whole parenting…

Emotional Diversity (K-2)

Here is another FREE & FINISHED social & emotional lesson plan for teachers who hope to cultivate joy and empathy in their classrooms during the first weeks of school!! As educators, we know that developing a classroom community of trust and love is the most important predictor of a smooth school year. ENJOY!! Lesson 1:…

Our Peaceful Community (K-2)

It’s back to school time!!! Here is an engaging (ALREADY FINISHED) social & emotional learning lesson for you to use the first weeks of school with your young learners. Enjoy!! Enduring Understandings: Connection and understanding in a community can be fostered through mindfulness practices and time spent in nature. Learning Goals: The learners will cultivate…

Art Projects in a Multi-Age Setting

Over the course of the year, I’ve worked with children ranging from ages 3-8 years old and I’ve been so grateful and blessed to use my “pinning” obsession to find Collaborative Art Projects that are beautiful, simple, COLORFUL, and inspiring to my students. I thought I’d make life easier for you and compile a list…

Ocean Unit Ends…Habitat Exploration Begins

Last month, our research led us deep as we dove into the zones of the ocean! We had a blast with ocean exploration. The students were REALLY interested in the Hadal Zone and all the mysterious & scary animals that live there. This month, students are exploring animal habitats. Living in Belize is optimal for…

Free Spirit Learning Rhythm

In the beginning of the year, I need at least a month for my students to settle into the rhythm of the day and classroom ways  so we can form a safe and peaceful classroom environment. I consider my students my family away from home. This is my first year homeschooling and I’ve had a…

Free Spirit News

My students LOVE to share what they are doing in school with their families. Each month, the students create a newsletter. We do this together in class and make a giant copy of our newsletter. The students come up with the main topic of our newsletter and what they would like to share with our…

Student Led Inquiry in a Multi-Age Setting

Student Led Inquiry. Hands on Learning. The Discovery Approach. What does this mean? To me, student led inquiry is letting students have a say in their learning. This will look different in each educational setting, but the purpose behind student led inquiry remains the same. Students learn the best when they are interested in what…

Little Artists

ART. My heart is happy just thinking of loose objects & art supplies: rocks, gems, stones, paint, ribbon, yarn, crayons, chalk, markers, pencils, foil, paper, tissue paper. Chaos! Part of my transformative  journey in education is to vow to make art an integral part of every lesson…every part of learning. Through art, our students express…

The Languages of a Child

Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggia Emilia Approach, understood the languages of children. The languages of the human species.  I’m absolutely in love with this poem and it expresses that type of transformative teaching I believe will change the world… One Hundred Languages of Children The child is made of one hundred. The child has…

Finding Joy & Peace in Teaching

As a child, I can remember the time and effort my mom put towards her students. She was and is one of the most passionate and innovative special education teachers I know. She worked with moderately to severely cognitively impaired students and students with severe physical disabilities. Growing up and visiting her classrooms left an…