Montessori. Steiner-Waldorf. Forest School. 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 good 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.
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:
- Forest School / Scandinavian approach
- Charlotte Mason
- Project-Based Learning
You will learn the key beliefs and reasoning behind each approach, find out about the research which supports them, and learn how to implement ideas inspired by these philosophies in the home with your young children.
As well as learning how each approach views children, child development, and discipline, you will be given practical ideas around: toys and play spaces, outdoor play, nature study, including children in the practical life of the home, and approaching literacy, numeracy, and science with young children.
How does the course work?
The course will run online for five weeks, followed by a month of community discussion.
Each week I will post a video in the course Facebook group about one of the approaches (Montessori, Steiner-Waldorf, Forest School, Charlotte Mason, then Unschooling & Project-Based Learning together). Alongside the 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.
The private Facebook group provides a supportive space for ongoing community discussion with like-minded parents, and it will remain live for a month after the course has finished to allow you to go through the videos at your own pace – if you end up skipping a week or two and coming back to it later, you won’t be alone.
I will also be including in the course two video interviews:
- How to start a nature study practice with young children, with Lynn from Raising Little Shoots
- Storytelling, handcrafts, and seasonal rhythms in the home with Jill from Little Oak Learning
Both of these amazing women bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience with them, and I know you will love listening to what they have to say.
Is this course for me?
Yes, if you have young children and want to be inspired by a 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.
When does it start?
The course will start on 16 July and will run online for five weeks, followed by a month of community discussion. You can go at your own pace and there will be time for you to catch up if you miss a week or two.
Although it’s been a long time since I was in education, I still find that the beginning of the academic year is when I feel the most motivated to make changes which I why I am running this course over the summer; once you’ve finished the course you will be brimming with ideas and excited to start putting them into action.
How do I book?
This course is now sold out.