Hi! I’m Kelly- a writer, mother, homeschool, teacher, and creative writing facilitator. I homeschool my two children (2nd and 6th grade), teach reading workshops on Outschool, lead local writing circles for children and adults, and I am the Young Women’s Coordinator at Women Writing for (a) Change.
A Little About Me ~
My people. Missing from the lineup- a crazy dog, two elderly orange cats, and two turtles.
I wrote for nine years on a blog called Sagetribe. Now retired, it held a record of my life as a woman learning to mother, her children and herself.
In my early life, I lived with an ER nurse, a Special Agent, a little sister, and a house full of pets. I was a diplomat living in the Middle East twice.
The year I turned twelve I started working with children. That summer I hosted a neighborhood summer camp in my parent’s backyard and created a babysitting club. Ever since, in some capacity, I’ve tried to help children love to learn. In college, I worked in an experiential preschool and after college, I was a lead preschool teacher, a nanny, a respite caregiver, and for nine years a middle and high school English teacher. The last four+ years I have homeschooled my children, and created and led creative writing circles for young writers. I have mentored many teachers and worked with countless families.
The majority of my work has focused on helping children who are already in struggle. I’ve learned that at some point we will all have a child who is challenged, and the truth is, how we help them handle the struggle can either begin to create a resolution or offer more conflict.
I believe in using writing as a tool for change and healing, in the importance of seeking simple joys and self-care.
I love writing retreats, traveling, and look forward to the first sip of coffee every morning. Samples of my writing life can be found here.
How Curiosity Encouraged came to be
I can’t think of a time in my life I wasn’t advocating for children or seeing the need for advocacy. In my early years, I was painfully and personally aware of how much children who struggled in school could suffer, both academically and emotionally. These were the years before inclusion and before many teachers were paying attention to learning styles or practicing differentiation. As I navigated through middle and high school and college, I saw and experienced which teachers and which methods helped a child learn, want to learn and feel successful, and which did the opposite. Later, when I became a teacher and reflected on the children I watched struggle (myself included), I remembered the teachers and ways those children found or didn’t find success. I have spent over a decade working to help children and families overcome struggle. It’s here and in my learnings as a mother that I realized how much parents can play a part in helping a child love to learn.
I know it can be overwhelming to think about how to help our children love to learn when it already feels like there is so much to do. Everyday life: chores, finances, our own needs, careers, limited time together, pets, family- life can feel like living in a pressure cooker.
Children and teens feel this too. Think for a moment about how much they are expected to navigate, learn, and master in their first 18 years.
I believe a parent and teacher’s job is to help release the pressure, turn down the boiling pot, and make it a priority to figure out how to help each child.
I’m not suggesting we stop everything we’re doing and focus 100% on our children. Self-care is an important piece to serving children, and we can’t help a child if we can’t provide all the things that go into creating a safe home and community.
What I do suggest, believe, and offer here are ways parents and teachers can help children without creating more stress or struggle. We can help our children and our families handle expectations and stress without damaging our relationship or a child’s curiosity.
Curiosity Encouraged offers resources to help children love to learn. I believe when we build connection and trust, offer ways to find joy and overcome struggle, we help a child’s natural curiosity lead them to a love of learning and therefore into learning.
That’s the goal, right?
I want to offer my children the tools they need and will need to pursue their dreams.
I believe the first tool they already have- Curiosity.
While the other tools look differently for each child, an important piece, our encouragement and support must be included.
How do we encourage a love of learning?
That’s the very question I hope to answer with each post and resource I share.
Thank you for being here! I hope you find inspiration and ideas. Helping children love to learn is not rocket science. Mostly it’s about being present, listening, and being willing to ebb and flow with what they need. We all need help though. Ideas, reminders, the push to slow down or try something new.
Help is good! Stop by often and let me know how I can help you and your family love to learn.
Thank you for reading!
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