A beautiful heart warming video that captures the essence of what we want for our children: “to love learning, to be innovative problem solvers, read for pleasure, write with expression and be kind and thoughtful souls.” Mariah Bruehl of Playful Learning provides ideas, guidance and above all inspiration and motivation to parents and caregivers to create thoughtful learning spaces for children.
An equally inspiring video promotes the Playful Learning Spaces E-Course. Gives me goosebumps every time I watch it! It’s a wonderful message to parents that “there are little things we can do that make a BIG difference.”
I had the pleasure of taking the Playful Learning Spaces class a couple of months ago and fully enjoyed the process of thinking through the spaces in my home. Week by week we focused on creating different areas in the home for children to engage in reading, writing, art, music, science and nature. Since I tend to ‘collect’ a lot of ‘stuff’ I especially benefited from the discussion around organization and storage with the advice “less is best” which quickly became my mantra. In fact, while my intent with taking this course was to better organize spaces in my home for my children, I promptly found myself organizing all areas in our home using the tips and strategies provided.
At the start of the course we were challenged to select an area in our homes or classrooms that was referred to as ‘The Big One’ to transform using the strategies and ideas provided in the course.
My ‘Big One’ was a much needed overhaul of my storage/craft space.
Truth be told, I didn’t intend on actually tackling this project. Just looking at this picture gives me a headache! But towards the end of the course we decided to put our house up for sale which promptly forced me to clean out the space and put the ideas learned in the Playful Learning Spaces E-Course into action.
What a difference!