Thank you for being here.
This blog has been a record of my life as a mother since 2008. It was a place for me to see and hear myself, as I learned and grew (so much) while sharing my story.
Today, it is a place to gather ideas and resources to help children hold onto their curiosity and help us as parents and educators foster a love of learning.
A place I hope inspires us to seek more play, no matter our children's age.
I am Kelly:: writer- facilitator- deep breather- a seeker of joy, an investor in an intentional life, a believer in community.
In my previous life, I was a diplomat living in the Middle East, a college student in a little Appalachian mountain town, a book buyer for college bookstores, a preschool teacher, and for ten years, a middle school and high school English teacher.
Currently, my children homeschool/unschool (sometimes these labels give assumptions. This blog is the best way to understand how we learn at home), I facilitate creative writing circles for adults and children with Women Writing for (a) Change, and I am their Young Women's Coordinator and Bookkeeper.
I believe in fostering the love of learning, play, and creativity.
I believe it is vital to spend a lot of time outside.
My educational philosophy-
While I no longer sit in circle time or lead novel discussions, my goal as a teacher (preschool-highschool) was always to engage and facilitate interest first. Real learning, the kind the sinks in and is not just for a grade or test, comes when we want to learn.
I spent almost a decade with middle and high school students who hated reading and writing when I met them. As their English teacher, my hope, every year, was by the time they left my classroom, my students found joy and a sense of success in the things once hated, in the places they once struggled.
Many realized they loved to read (and become stronger readers); they just had not found the right books. Others knew writing wasn't torturous once they were able to pick their topics and genres and were encouraged, not discouraged to use their voice.
Many needed help building their skills in a safe environment where tests and speed were not determining factors for how smart they were.
How our family spends our days-
We believe in Annie Dillard's words- “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
We believe in simplicity, in less is more, and the wise words of The Minimalists- "Love people, use things. The opposite never works."
We seek hands-on, meaningful, interesting work where the creative process, the importance of doing what we love, self-care, and introspection are a part of everyday life.
We also seek ways to serve others by reusing, consuming less, and making what we can. We strive to make deliberate choices with our dollars and time so we can contribute to bettering the lives of others, the Earth, animals, and ourselves.
We live in a little town with two cats, two turtles, and a crazy mutt named Annie.
What about you- what is your story around learning and joy? Do they walk hand in hand?
I hope we connect.
Thank you for being here!
_______________________________________________________________________________________ Disclosure: I have left all affiliate programs as of 2015. However, over the years we participated in affiliate programs including Amazon, Organic Mama, Playful Learning Ecademy, Craftsy, Little Passports, Chelsea Green Publishing, ShareASale, Green Nursery, Sparkle Stories, Fit Bit, and KiwiCrates. Some of the older links on this blog may take you to web pages, but if you make purchases from them, we will not benefit monetarily. Prior to 2015, we did, which in turn helped take care of our family. Thank you. We were very selective of the items and companies we supported and only reviewed/affiliated ourselves with products and companies we used and believed in.