Archive of ‘Play-based Learning’ category

Roots+Wings: C Week

C week was a hit at Roots+Wings Playschool!   We learned about chicks and caterpillars this week.

Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play

(Very Hungry Caterpillar play station. Play food, a stuffed caterpillar and some books. Simple and fun was to bring the book to life.
(We added some foam letters and little letter tiles to the book. The children playfully matched the letters that they found with letters within the book. Some found the letters in their names. There was no goal upon putting the letters out, just an invitation to explore their shapes) 

(Caps for Sale Sensory Play. The sensory bin was full of sand, monkeys, large plastic coins and mini hats. The children loved the monkeys most, of course!) 

       (Simple cloud drawing and exploring with chalk… but really foot tracing and chalk eating because… Toddlers!)
(We had a super special invitation play.. baby chicks! One of our families works at a farm and brought in these sweet little friends for the kids to hold.)

Read Aloud & Mini Lesson

(Welcome Song with the sweetest little helpers then a quick reading of Very Hungry Caterpillar.)

(We placed our names to make a quick playschool caterpillar.)


Main Activity

(We then played hide and seek with the caterpillar in the big field to get some wiggles out. They ran, ran, ran and cracked us up with their hiding “skills”.)
(We finished up our day with some caterpillar play dough molding… Ok and can you even handle how beautiful pregnant  Camilla is? We are so excited that we will have a mini Roots+Wings student soon!)


Thank you for joining!   

Photos by: Ashlie, Mama Bear Upstate Birth Photography

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Cookies With Cops

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Greenville Sheriff Office! Thank you for your service to our community and your kindness to our children. We are grateful for your time, efforts, knowledge and commitment to keep our families safe.


What a gift today was to have an officer read our toddlers Brown Bear, Brown Bear and share your morning with us.


Thank you for your compassion and generosity. 

Roots+Wings Playschool: B Week

B week was a blast at Roots+Wings Playschool!  We are so proud of all the kids for participating and learning about bears and birds to celebrate B week.


Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play

       (Feather painting. The children used brightly colored feathers to paint. I love how the “brushstrokes” look with different mediums!)

(Literacy: Our literacy area this week was full of all types of books and a Handwriting Without Tears alphabet poster. It is a nice little area for the kids to take a break from the sensory activities to take in a book)

(Going On A Bear Hunt Literacy Activities: Each bottle had a book setting. The children were able to look for the bottles that correlated with the pages, learn about the natural elements and shake the bottles up to listen to how each bottle had a different sound)
(Bird Seed and Feathers Sensory Bin)

Read Aloud & Mini Lesson

(Welcome Song with the sweetest little helpers)

(Jamberry Read Aloud- I highly suggest a berry tasting party at home!)

And Bear Hunt Read Aloud with the sensory bottles)

Main Activity

(We made bird feeders. The kids loved scooping, spreading, rolling…and eating the peanut butter and bird food!)


Thank you for joining!   

Photos by: Ashlie, Mama Bear Upstate Birth Photography

Find us by searching #rootsandwingsplayschool

Playful, Natural, Nourishing

I originally typed this letter up to share with the families in my play school, but thought that I would post my reflections here as well.


Since you are entrusting me with a piece of your week and your child’s development, I wanted to take a moment to share my heart with you.

My husband and I have talked at length about what we want to do to help our children learn and grow. We keep coming back to the same three words. 




Playful. Children learn through play. It’s their most important work. We intend to allow our children time to play throughout their childhood. 

Natural. We feel that we are grounded by nature and seasons. Fresh air is good for the soul. Following a child’s natural strengths is one of the greatest gifts we can offer. 

Nourishing. Our bodies, souls and minds need consistent and constant nourishing. Our food is eaten with intention around our family table. We believe that literature and family stories should mindfully fill our days. 

As a mom, my heart is telling me to lean into the movement of embracing the simplicity of childhood. To us, this means that we are very intentional about what enters our home, including toys and learning resources. We minimize screen time and try to fill our media intake with people that inspire and encourage us. We say no to opportunities and experiences daily in order to keep simplicity in our lives. 

This all being said, we do believe in intentionally teaching children. Our daughter’s gift is language. She devours books, is an adventurous talker and is curious about how letters and words work. It’s just her gift. And, as I mentioned, following our childrens’ lead on their natural gifts is one of our home pillars. 

But want to hear the truth? I haven’t fully embraced the letter component part of this gift to the capacity that I could yet. I love researching and find learning about learning methodology fascinating. We tend to lean towards Charlotte Mason and Waldorf style with a strong dose of child led learning. Charlotte Mason and Rudolf Steiner felt very strongly about not starting academics and formal learning until the child is at least six. Their reasoning is strong and in general, I think there are many years for teaching more formally as the child’s brain develops and matures. I’ve mulled over this, pondered how these thoughts mix with my formal teacher training, pushed myself to think about my own childhood education and came up with this word. 


I am choosing to trust my instincts. While I don’t plan to do any formal schooling for a few more years, we do intend to plan out or days a bit in the fall. We will be using The Peaceful Preschool as a very loose guide to our days. I am so thankful for the community that this curriculum has created as well as the Wild+Free community for their guidance. I will gently introduce the letters of the alphabet, week by week, with weeks crossed out for review and child led interests. We will be picking and choosing what activities we do from this beautiful curriculum, saving the more advanced and formal lessons for the next couple years. 

I also trusted my instincts on something else that begins in the fall. I have started Roots+Wings Playschool, a cooperative learning group that is designed for toddler and preschool families. It is organized like a mom and me call and is centered around literacy and sensory rich experiences. My intention is to homeschool our children, but this once a week, plus weekly field trip, is a great balance to this style of educating. It gives us a chance to learn alongside other families and connects us to new experiences. 

Not to mention it’s playful, natural and nourishing. 

Wherever you are on this parenting journey, I encourage you to trust yourself.  Be your child’s roots and wings and lean into the beautiful community of people around you. And since your reading this, please know that I am beyond grateful to have you in my community. Truly, thank you. 

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