Learning Within Community

Subcategories of Learning within Community

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

How do we find our “people?” Our place, our community?

How do we find our “people?” Our place, our community?

As a young adult I remember feeling like I was part of many different communities. I was exploring who I was. We lived in a ... 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

Just part of life

Just part of life

Last month Sierra told me she wanted to visit a “graveyard.” My first thought was ‘she’s been watching too much Scooby-Doo.’ I said, ... read more

We Want Them to Share

We Want Them to Share

When we ask parents in our classes to name the goals they have for their children, inevitably “becoming better sharers” is at the top ... read more

Spill The Glue!

Spill The Glue!

As I rushed to finish my snowman project my preschool teacher reminded me again that it was time to go take the class picture. I ... read more

Taking Action for Play: 2013 US Play Coalition Conference

Taking Action for Play: 2013 US Play Coalition Conference

Last year Jaime and I attended the US Play Coalition Conference on the Value of Play at Clemson University, where we marveled at the ... 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

Reading to your Teenager: For the love of books

Reading to your Teenager: For the love of books

Reading aloud is a pleasurable activity for both reader and listener. So why stop? As one mom shares, even teens can enjoy the ... read more

Turning “Let’s Go” into “Let Go”

Turning “Let’s Go” into “Let Go”

by Sunflower mom, Angela Malson Originally posted on Eco Womb blog As we hiked the hill against the wind, she was determined. ... 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

Easing the transition from school to home

Easing the transition from school to home

All the excitement and stresses of the new school year are upon us! It is a huge transition to move out of summer mode for the whole ... 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

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

Patience is a virtue… understanding is a challenge

Patience is a virtue… understanding is a challenge

How does frozen yogurt, a present from a friend and something sticky add up to better understanding? Let’s talk! In our last blog post, read more

Lullabies in the Garden

Lullabies in the Garden

For 20 years my dear families have been asking that I record a tape (back in the day) or CD of music they could keep at home. After all 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

The Language of Sunflower: Modeling Empathy

The Language of Sunflower: Modeling Empathy

This is the second in a series of Monday blog posts describing The Language of Sunflower. Last week Jaime offered advice for talking to read more

Planting Seeds of Peace

Planting Seeds of Peace

It is so hard, and maybe even useless, to try to make sense of the violence and tragedy that we face daily on this planet. When ... 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