A Piece of the Puzzle: Belonging & Acceptance

There’s a true sense of belonging with regard to young children when they are placed into small groups, rather than large ones. The difference between a classroom that has 30+ children compared to one with only 10 children is astounding. When kids can have enough time speaking to each other, and to their teacher without […]

From Imagination to Creation

Imagination to Creation

Do you ever read a book, or see a piece of art that just speaks to your soul? Sometimes, we view thoughts or ideas that we connect to because we find them inspirational . We constantly refer back to them throughout our days, and think about them naturally during conversations. For me, personally, it is […]

A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance

Alternative? Montessori? Waldorf? Unschooling? Which one is best for your child? I’m often asked what our teaching philosophies are, and where the ideology comes from. The answer is never as simple as the question. We are all used to labels, as labels have a meaningful purpose, they help us understand and categorize things quickly.  It can be […]

The Season of Giving…and Receiving

This year, Peregrine Discovery took part in a charity program to sponsor local families for the Christmas season. Our initial goal was to help cover the needs of two families which meant shopping, purchasing gifts from a wish list (to ensure they get what they needed) and wrapping them. Following the announcement, donations came pouring […]

A Quiet Surprise: The Finnish Education System

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I recently attended an education conference in Finland where I had the opportunity to observe five different schools, interact with students, and talk to teachers and principals. Finland has been the envy to other education systems, who fawn over the success of both their students success as well as student happiness. My first day in […]

Our Week of Discovery

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At the beginning of January we opened up Discovery to a group of families to run a whole week of fun and exploration for the kids. Everyone involved worked tirelessly to make sure it was successful with Kirsten and Jennifer organizing up a storm and Sara preparing activities to keep everyone engaged.  We received amazing […]

Finland’s Education System: Inspiring and Intriguing

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Finland’s education system is constantly in my vocabulary when speaking with other educators. I have read articles, watched movies and entirely fawned over Finland’s glorious, successful education system. For me, it boils down to the basics. The students are happy and excited to attend school. The teachers are inspired, full of energy, and confident in […]

Natural Learning: From Skeptic to Believer

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Natural methods of almost anything seem to benefit our minds and bodies better than the manufactured or artificial type. Throughout the past few months, I have read countless articles and watched multiple videos about alternative education, and specifically natural learning. What that term “alternative education” is defined as differs among educators based on their own […]

Meet the Teacher

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Hi, I’m Sara! I’m a teacher and I am part of a team creating a new alternative education environment. Before we discuss school, I wanted to talk about how I was as a student. I was always an anxious child in school. I was painfully shy and couldn’t stand being asked questions aloud in class. […]