Learning Within Community

Subcategories of Learning within Community

From Summer to Sunflower

From Summer to Sunflower

School starts today! Everywhere I go I see busy moms, stocking up on school supplies and lunch fixings, buying backpacks and new shoes. 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

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

“My teacher has a worm!”

“My teacher has a worm!”

by Leslie Cooper, teacher Saint Andrew’s School, Boca Raton After 25 years of teaching four- and five-year-olds I anticipate that read more

So hard to leave…

So hard to leave…

Everybody who’s ever taken a class at Sunflower and then stayed afterwards while their kids played on the playground has, at some point read more

Weaned on play

Weaned on play

by Wynna Dunmyer, Sunflower mom My baby weaned, again. At Bridging Day last week, Griffin my 5 year old last baby, weaned. This time it read more

Patience is a virtue…

Patience is a virtue…

Above and beyond, the most common thing people say when I tell them I work with small children is, “You must have so much patience!” ... read more

I Belong at Sunflower

I Belong at Sunflower

It’s a corny thing to say, sure. But it’s true. After three years of involvement, I know that I have found a community that I will ... 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

Spring Gratitude

Spring Gratitude

The first days of May bring back childhood memories of scissors snipping and piles of construction paper scraps. The excitement of ... read more

Bring that beat back to me again…

Bring that beat back to me again…

I recently got back from an amazing vacation, visiting a wonderful, playful, up-for-anything friend and seeing my most favorite band in read more

No place we’d rather be

No place we’d rather be

by Jennifer Sneeden It begins in the cozy corner. Twenty-five little bodies, squeezing into the small space that has served so many ... read more

Sunflower and Neapolitan Ice Cream: Trinities of Bliss

Sunflower and Neapolitan Ice Cream: Trinities of Bliss

What do Neapolitan ice cream and Sunflower Creative Arts have in common? They both offer a trinity of bliss for parents. Sunflower mom ... 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

We have to move. You might hate it.

We have to move. You might hate it.

Late last year, our landlord decided to sell the house we were renting. We had to move, and quickly. We’d been living in the same read more

Becoming the story: Reading aloud with Shakespeare

Becoming the story: Reading aloud with Shakespeare

One of the best, and most fun, ways to get kids actively engaged in reading is through drama. For older readers, reading stories and ... read more

Our Seedlings in Full Bloom: Cleo Dan

Our Seedlings in Full Bloom: Cleo Dan

My name is Sam Ligeti and I’m proud to say that yes, I am Jennifer Ligeti’s daughter. I’m about to start my sophomore year of college, ... 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 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

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