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…

6 Ways to Engage Yourself & Your Infant

We’ve almost made it to the five month mark and the difference between our daughter’s abilities at three months compared to now is remarkable! She is holding her head up, babbling, smiling, and engaged in the world….truly ready to explore! The first few months of parenthood we enjoyed taking our daughter out in her ergo…

5 Ways to Use Board Books With Your 5 month old

From powerful and vibrant illustrations, tackling tough subjects through storytelling, imagination building, inspirational tales, embracing unique and different, there are SO many ways to use a good children’s book. When friends and family asked what they could purchase for us for our soon-to-be-born I usually replied with “Books!” When we were in the states we…

6 Simple Baby Stations

Our four month old daughter likes to constantly be stimulated. She is not one to stay in “one place” for more than twenty minutes at a time. And she’s loud. So when she is unhappy or bored, there is either loud babbling (I think she is lecturing us) or screaming. When my husband and I…

The Free Spirit Expectant Parent Guide!

Congratulations! You are expecting a new addition to your family. Soon you will bring a baby home and if you were like us, you have NO CLUE what you actually need for the hospital (or to keep at your house if you are doing a home birth)  and once you bring your bundle home. If…

8 Free Spirit Baby Playtime Favorites

As a new parent, one can easily become OVERWHELMED by the amount of “stuff” that is sold for babies. There is a huge market for babies and a lot of companies make loads and loads of money each year capitalizing on parents wanting what is best for their little ones. Before having my daughter, I…

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…

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 down…we expected this. But because of our adventurous nature and my educational background, I thought some of the whole…

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…