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Roots+Wings: A Week

We had a successful first day of Roots+Wings Playschool.  We are so proud of all the kids for participating and learning about apples, ants and alligators to celebrate A week.

Sign In

(Students find their photo and put it on the sign in board. We then use this board for our story time greeting song)

Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play

       (Ten Apples on Top activity: Students were able to see their classmate’s photos as they practiced stacking apples on their heads, just like the book. This offered opportunity for counting practice and and facial recognition.)
(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)

(Apple Pie Sensory Bin)(Alligator Sensory Bin)

Read Aloud & Mini Lesson

(Ants Go Marching read aloud and quick ant parts lesson)

(Volcano Apple Experiment) 

Main Activity

(Classic ants on a log) (Apple Pie Cooking: The students practiced their cooking skills including cutting up their apples, mixing ingredients and cooking their apples in the skillet. It was a yummy success!)


Thank you for joining!   

Photos by: Ashlie, Mama Bear Upstate Birth Photography

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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. 

Roots+Wings: Ocean Life Preview Day

Each Roots+Wings playdate will have a similar structure so that the children will become familiar with the rhythm.  Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play


(Seashell fossil prints with homemade play dough)

(Sand sensory bin with some friendly alligators)

(Water play with some sharks, whales and lobsters)

Read Aloud

  (We read Rainbow Fish, a cute book about a fish that shared his shiny scales with friends)


(For the record, the turtle won!)

(The kids practiced sharing the jelly fish)

 Main activity

(The kids painted rocks to share with the community)

(Isn’t it amazing how different the rocks are. That’s the beauty of letting them freely create!)

(And now they hide the rocks and let others find them. #rootsandwingsrocks)

Thank you for joining!   

P.S If you missed the other preview days, check them out here:


4th of July



Roots+Wings: Cloud Themed Preview Day

Each Roots+Wings playdate will have a similar structure so that the children will become familiar with the rhythm. Today was rainy so some of our planned lessons were altered and most families stayed home due to the weather, but we had a great time enjoying some cloud activities. Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play

(Playing with cloud sand)
(Planned sensory bin, but decided to not bring it out because we were inside)

Read Aloud
  (Really cute book!)
 (Little cloud turns into different shapes.)

Main activity, Mini-lesson

(Ink blot cloud art)(Creating clouds with cotton balls, shaping them like the book)

We had a fun science experiment planned, but the weather didn’t hold out for us. No worries though, it was a perfect opportunity to talk about how rain comes from clouds.

Thank you for joining!   

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