Yesterday I took my students to a rock climbing gym. Then, we blind folded them. Hard, physical work; facing fears; and heightened tactile stimulation. My developmental psychology-trained brain was echoing a resounding YES! I love taking my class to things like this because the truth is: children need to climb. And furthermore, children need to… Continue reading Rock Climbing Blindfolded and Risk-Taking in Children–Hallie & Havarti
Every year, I write each child in my class a verse on their birthday. It’s so wonderful to go back and read the poem from the year before. In a way each verse is like a time capsule, providing a brief snapshot of who the child was in that moment, or what they were striving for.… Continue reading A Birthday Verse for the Lioness
Back in September I did a chalk drawing of the Norse Realms for the beginning of our Norse Mythology block. I posted a photo of it on Facebook, which was snatched up and shared by my school’s Facebook page. After that, I could not believe what happened.
Working with children is one of the most highly unpredictable things one can do. The things they say, the things they do, it’s nearly impossible for any adult not to be utterly amused. There have been times I’m in the middle of a lesson on multiplying fractions when a child may fart in class and… Continue reading The Day We Carried Ice Blocks On Our Heads
Winter in Alberta: it’s gloomy, wretched, merciless. Cold. It’s a dry cold, the kind that gives you nosebleeds, turns your skin into scales, and makes a remote car starter a fundamental necessity. For a migrant to Alberta such as myself, winter can really sip, swallow, and sop up every bit of your joy if you let… Continue reading Why Chihuahuas Are Not Indigenous to Alberta
This is one of my favorite breakfast dishes. It’s a great way to get in plenty of protein and healthy fats. Not only is it delicious, the preparation takes under 2 minutes. Really! Pop these babies in while you get ready for your day and let the oven do the work. No stirring, whisking, crisping, flipping, or… Continue reading 2 Minute Prep: Baked Egg & Avocado
After reading about Erin Condren Life Planners on my friend Taralynn’s blog, I absolutely had to try one. They’re colorful, customizable, and inspirational. It came on Thursday and I absolutely couldn’t wait to unbox it. I felt like I was becoming a part of a secret club of motivated, planning individuals. I’ve never been a… Continue reading 4 Reasons to Write Down Your Goals