Setting Up Environments

School has begun, or will shortly for all of us! It’s a good time to ask yourself if you have taken the necessary time to Observe your children and record your thoughts in your Observation Notebook. Do you have several little inspirations that have come to you while you have been watching them?  Have you … [Read more…]

My Fair Ladies

This past weekend was our Natural Learning Retreat for the beautiful mothers who keep our Aspen Cooperative going.  Before I tell you a little about our retreat, I have to give a big shout out to all of the dads who stayed home with the kids and allowed us this much-needed time together! We started … [Read more…]

Where Spain, Omelets and Windmills Meet

I couldn’t wait to tell you about our splendid class this week.  We are at that place, historically, where we are discussing Miguel Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote.  Most of my students were not very familiar with Don Quixote (and I had to admit I’ve never read the entire book myself.  Shhhhhhh, that will … [Read more…]

Fun with light – thanks to Galileo!

  There’s a book titled “The Starry Messenger” which shares the story of Galileo Galilei.  It states that, “He was born with stars in his eyes!”  I hope we were all born with stars in our eyes for stars reflect beautiful light and light gives our life hope and healing and happiness! The past few … [Read more…]

Renaissance Guilds and Bubble Gum!

We’re gearing up for our Renaissance Festival this year which means we will be forming our own guilds to share.  This means that we need to understand what a guild was/is and their reason for being.  I decided to do this using bubble gum.  We created our own bubble gum blowing guild. First we drew … [Read more…]

Mathematics continued…

  You remember the Rubik’s Cube don’t you?  That frustrating cube of colors that never seems to match up.  I’ve got kids begging to solve that crazy thing if you can believe it!  Our math teacher is sharing the algorithms with our students step by step and they are taking to the challenge! I love … [Read more…]