As a homeschooling teacher I design most of the learning materials we use. Along the way we participate in many workshops and field activities with our fellow homeschooling families. In the past I have volunteered my skills to assist children, one-on-one, challenged in their ability to learn to read. In terms of extra-curricular, as an advanced piano student myself, I taught beginning piano.
My teaching style is similar to that of Joseph Cornell's "Flow Learning". I believe there is a natural flow to learning that is patterned after the various natural cycles of life. My lessons are structured accordingly. I believe that curiosity is where learning really begins. Find the individual curiosity in a child and encourage it so that it becomes a real passion -- This is where life-long learning begins. In terms of effective teaching, regard & respect for the individual personality is essential.
As a homeschooling family we are required to have two visits per year with the Waterloo District School Board liaison. With each visit her response is one of delight! In terms of the learning materials I create she asks, "With such excellent work, why are you not teaching as a profession?"
Several years of piano lessons. Various creative arts classes: Photography, Technical Drawing, Illustrating, and 3D Modelling. Present day: Wilderness Awareness School's Naturalist Training through the Distant Ed Kamana Program.
I love the silence. It is in silence, in the quiet spaces of the natural world that my mind settles right down into quiet, and as it does so, opens up to enter the natural conversations all around me. The wind in the trees. The squirrels rustling & scratching below. The birds singing or indicating the movements of others. And, when all is quiet, the deer emerge. I am a witness to their silent grace. My most beloved conversations are the ones in which I do not speak. It is here that creativity is sparked. Here where I feel most alive!