cedar hands 2

The Nature of Childhood

By Delila Olsson During a peewee soccer game, one tiny player stared up into the sky, his eyes intently following the path of an orange butterfly. The coach and many spectators loudly called his name, but the ball rolled right past him without notice. His attention was elsewhere …in nature. Children innately love nature. They […]

Continue Reading

The Essential Partnership between Home and School

Parents are, unarguably, the first and most important educators of their children. We might envision the image of a triangle to describe the key aspects of a child’s school experience: the Child, the Environment and the Guide (teacher), and the parents or caregivers. These make up the three corners of the communication triangle. In our […]

Continue Reading

Toilet Learning

Toileting represents a huge step in independence for the young child and a big change in routine for parents. The process can be undertaken at any age, but the child’s interest and readiness should determine the timing. I’ve never heard a parent report success using one of those “toilet training in a day” programs, probably because […]

Continue Reading

Establishing the limits that lead to self-discipline

The word Discipline comes from the Latin root, disciplina (which comes from the root word disciple), which means instruction, knowledge. True discipline comes from within, and is developed through the experience of greater and greater levels of freedom.  A child who has learned to live within certain consistent limits will develop the ability to handle […]

Continue Reading