Learning Within Community

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How do we grieve?

How do we grieve?

In the weeks following the heartbreaking shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many people in our country ... read more

Ageless Music

Ageless Music

The skin-draped bones touch the corners of his mouth Lids softly shut, eyelashes pale wisps We chatted with his son Like parents do. A ... read more

New Scientific Research Proves: Recess is More Fun!

New Scientific Research Proves: Recess is More Fun!

Keith Richardson is a member of the Sunflower Creative Arts Board of Directors. He is a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University read more

Play helps a neighborhood find a sense of community

Play helps a neighborhood find a sense of community

Six months ago, we moved to a new neighborhood. We were moving from a townhouse with almost no yard, and while my boys seemed to be ... read more

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

After three years in Seedlings, where I always felt a part of his every day, my son Luke has started kindergarten. I wondered, what ... read more

Adjusting expectations

Adjusting expectations

One of my challenges as a parent (and a person who resists change) is to recognize and adjust to constantly changing situations. The ... read more

Remembering 9/11 and helping our children

Remembering 9/11 and helping our children

September 2001:  “It was burning down, down!”  Three-year-old Sarah was happily swinging just a moment ago. I gulped. ... read more

I Want to Play Too!

I Want to Play Too!

One day while I’m out running I stop at the park in my neighborhood. I look around to make sure nobody is watching, and then I jump on ... read more

The Possibility of Something Really Important Happening

The Possibility of Something Really Important Happening

It’s always there– A tiny spark, and a space opens up. The idea bubbles, it gains momentum and cracks wide open. read more

Games to get kids talking

Games to get kids talking

My college roommate Hannah is a marvel. She looks for the fun in parenting, and she finds it. In the process, kids of all ages open up ... read more

Brothers and sisters

Brothers and sisters

I’m sitting down to write about siblings, and all sorts of thoughts are swirling through my mind. Running down to our basement ... read more

Being vs Buying

Being vs Buying

“In life one must decide whether to conjugate the verb ‘to have’ or the verb ‘to be.'” Franz Liszt- ... read more

Brian’s learning story

Brian’s learning story

A teacher shares a beautiful example of child-led, community-based learning (the kind we believe in at Sunflower!) in a more ... read more

Growing up/Growing apart

Growing up/Growing apart

Growing up doesn't have to mean growing apart. It can mean growing stronger and more connected, together. read more

Our Seedlings in Full Bloom: Maxx Berkowitz

Our Seedlings in Full Bloom: Maxx Berkowitz

Four years ago Maxx Berkowitz designed this logo for a Seedlings reunion: It was intended as a tribute to Sunflower’s Seedlings ... read more

Sunflower Summer Reading: your life on technology

Sunflower Summer Reading: your life on technology

This week on the Sunflower blog we’re talking about technology and its potential to both enhance and complicate our lives. This ... read more

Barriers.

Barriers.

About a year and a half ago I stood before a group of 20 fourth graders, tasked with teaching the day’s art lesson. I had ... read more

The Language of Sunflower: Anger

The Language of Sunflower: Anger

This is the final post in a series of Monday posts describing The Language of Sunflower. In previous weeks, we talked about expressing ... read more

The song my heart had been singing…

The song my heart had been singing…

I sat and listened to these women, all with the same concerns I had as a parent. Then I listened to the thoughtful words Susan used to ... read more

Giving in a material world: how your family can minimize materialism during the holidays

Giving in a material world: how your family can minimize materialism during the holidays

The holidays are upon us, a time for togetherness and traditions. But for parents of young families, this can be a stressful time as ... read more