Montessori. Steiner-Waldorf. Forest School. Reggio. Unschooling. You’ve heard people talking about these approaches. You’ve noticed #waldorfinspired, #natureplay and #montessoriathome. You’ve read a few blog posts, and they all sound good – but you’re still not quite sure what is behind these approaches beyond the beautiful wooden toys, lovingly presented trays, and Pinterest-worthy outdoor crafts.

You want to give your child a beautiful childhood and to make the most of your time with them whilst they are young, but you feel overwhelmed by all the books and blog posts you could read. You’re not sure how you’re supposed to choose an approach – or if you even should choose one! – when they all seem to offer so much.

That’s why I am delighted to be offering A Beautiful Childhood e-course, which is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of educational and parenting approaches for young children, as well as practical and achievable ideas based on these philosophies for you to try out at home.

I truly believe in an eclectic approach to raising children; in picking and choosing different ideas and methods to fit your own family values and needs, and in being inspired by different styles and trying things out to see what works best. I know that not everyone with young children has the time or energy to read books about every approach they come across, which is why I have taken my research and experience and created this course to share my knowledge with you in a way that is manageable and very practical.

You can read feedback from past participants here.

This is the course that I wish had been around a few years earlier for me.

What will the course cover?

The course covers the following philosophies:

  • Montessori. What is Montessori? Sensitive periods. Respecting children, the Montessori way. The importance of the prepared environment. The Montessori approach to literacy, numeracy and science in the early years. Play the Montessori way.
  • Steiner-Waldorf. What is Steiner-Waldorf? Is Waldorf education religious? Head, heart and hands. Rhythm in the home. Celebrating all year round. Storytelling with children. Waldorf and the arts. The Waldorf approach to literacy, numeracy and science in the early years. Play the Waldorf way.
  • Forest School / Scandinavian approach. What is Forest School? The benefits of being in nature. The Scandinavian approach. Delayed academics. Play the Forest School way. The Forest School approach to literacy, numeracy and science in the early years. But my child goes to mainstream school. Kit list.
  • Charlotte Mason. What is Charlotte Mason’s approach? Good habits and character. Living books. Building art into the everyday. Nature walks and nature study. The Charlotte Mason approach to literacy, numeracy and science in the early years. Charlotte Mason for the 21st Century.
  • Unschooling. What is unschooling? Why do families choose to unschool? Do they really play all day? Being an ally to our children. The unschooling approach to literacy, numeracy and science in the early years.
  • Reggio Emilia / Project-Based Learning. What is the Reggio philosophy? The Hundred Languages of Children. Inside the atelier. A theory of loose parts. Observation and recording. Reggio in the home. Project-based learning. The Reggio approach to literacy, numeracy and science in the early years.
  • The Classical approach to education. What is the Classical approach? The value of a classical approach in a modern world. The Trivium. Why Latin? The Classical approach to literacy, numeracy and science in the early years.

Each week you will learn the key beliefs and reasoning behind each approach, and how each views child development. You will be given practical ideas around creating a nurturing environment for your children, and guidance on toys and play.

How does the course work?

The next course will run from the 3rd June 2019. The course runs for eight weeks, and comes with lifetime access so that you can do it at your own pace, revisit it whenever you want, and benefit from any updates I make in future.

Each week you will access a video about one of the approaches (Montessori, Steiner-Waldorf, Forest School, Charlotte Mason, then Unschooling, Reggio Emilia & Project-Based Learning together, and finally the Classical approach). There will also be an introductory video to kick off the course and get you thinking. Alongside each video, you will receive a PDF guide for you to download and keep each week, full of information on each approach, interviews with families who are using them, and practical, achievable ideas inspired by each philosophy for you to try out at home. You will also find a curated reading list in case you want to delve deeper into any of these approaches, journaling questions for you to explore, and a practical task for you to get stuck into each week.

The private Facebook group provides a supportive space for ongoing community discussion with like-minded parents, and you will have lifetime access to the course including any changes I make.

Is this course for me?

Yes, if you have young children and want to be inspired by a wide range of beautiful education and parenting philosophies.

Whether you work full time or are at home all week, whether your children are in education or you are homeschooling, there will be a lot of simple ideas for you to take away from the course to implement at home to help you make the most of the time you have together.

How do I book? 

Booking will open on Thursday 4th April at 08:30am UK time.

The course costs £79 – it’s important to me that it’s as accessible as possible, but for this reason places are limited.

I look forward to working with you!