In Praise of Mediocre Kids

Last year, my son Finn came home from school and announced that he wanted to play the French horn. Naturally, I signed him up. A few weeks later, we got an email from the music director politely letting us know…

Standing at the creek’s edge, my son carefully drops his wooden boat into the water. He follows his classmates along the banks, guiding their boats with the attached knitted string, a small parade of colorful sails and bright rubber boots. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/08/18/why-kids-deserve-a-preschool-that-lets-them-play/?utm_term=.6d7ae1b467dd

Get Ready for the Elements! Good Gear for AO

As you know, at the heart of our school is a belief that children need to be engaged in play-based learning while immersed in nature. Since we are a school on a farm we spend a substantial amount of time…

We raise our girls to fight stereotypes and pursue their dreams, but we don’t do the same for our boys. By Claire Cain Miller June 1, 2017 We’re now more likely to tell our daughters they can be anything they…

A Place For Joy

15 years ago I was deep in a search for a preschool for my son James. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for, but trusted that I’d know when I stumbled across it. . One morning we visited…

The Problem With Tickling

The Huffington Post January 18, 2017 Beware: Tickling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I was on the phone with my friend Elizabeth when I heard her 9-month old daughter Poppy screeching in the background. “Ooooh!” I winced. “Is…