Learning Within Community

Subcategories of Learning within Community

Gardening for good with Sunflower Roots & Shoots

Gardening for good with Sunflower Roots & Shoots

Last Saturday I woke up bright and early to visit Sunflower’s Roots & Shoots Re-Cycos group at the Boca Raton Community ... read more

Our Seedlings in Full Bloom: Sophie Backer

Our Seedlings in Full Bloom: Sophie Backer

Above all, Sophie Backer credits Seedlings with helping her develop her creativity. “I remember that Susan would write down every word ... 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

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

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

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

Top Five Realizations about being a stay-at-home dad

Top Five Realizations about being a stay-at-home dad

posted by Andy Hatcher As my wife, Van, wraps up the first semester of her Ph.D. program here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ... 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

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

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

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

If the cap fits… and what if it doesn’t?

If the cap fits… and what if it doesn’t?

Hello, my name is Andy Hatcher, and I’m Jaime Greenberg’s cousin. It’s been a long time since she and I palled around our Grandmom’s ... 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

Finding Your Mom Friends

Finding Your Mom Friends

If a mother-to-be asked me for parenting advice, one of things at the top of my list would be "find good mom friends." I lucked out in 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

Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

This morning my six-year-old son, Dylan, will cross over the Seedlings bridge for the final time (that’s Seedling talk for Graduation). 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

Monkey on a satellite

Monkey on a satellite

I’m leaving for vacation this afternoon, and I’m (of course, as always) bringing my camera. One of my favorite parts of traveling is ... read more

The Language of Sunflower: Praise

The Language of Sunflower: Praise

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

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

posted by Andy Hatcher Overcome by March Madness, I bought a free standing Little Tikes basketball hoop this year for my eleven month ... read more