The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother’s service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol ‘s work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me at a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always serve underprivileged children…

8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

Hey Educators & Free Spirits! I haven’t written a post about teaching in awhile because I’ve been totally immersed in full time parenting. It’s been such a beautiful & ever-changing journey, with many challenges and many moments that I wish I could just freeze and bask in forever. With some of you having over a…

My Students, My Heart

This evening my husband, daughter, and I were enjoying dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Our waiter ended up being a student I used to teach when I first arrived in our village four years ago. I spent my student teaching & teaching career traveling around to so many different schools and working with…

Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

Today we are fortunate to have access to a surplus of amazing children’s books. Authors aren’t afraid to share real life injustices with children and hopefully, by having openhearted and frank conversations with our little ones, we will raise children who seek love, peace, and social justice for all. Children’s books are becoming more accessible…

FREE LESSON-Creating an Herb Garden

One of the best ways to teach our students and children about ethical & sustainable living is by allowing them to SEE that they can make an impact on the world around them in a positive way. A wonderful way to begin changing the world is by planting a seed. A small seed grows into…

The Many Roles of Trees *Free EfS Lesson*

“Children can achieve the full potential of their humanness only through direct, active, personal communication with natural phenomena”-Makiguchi This lesson was designed with educating for sustainability in mind. Although the content includes language connected with the country of Belize, where the lesson was designed to be taught, you can easily modify the lesson so it…

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…