Resources that guide us
Books we love
Free to Learn by Peter Gray
This book was the foundation to We Learn Naturally.
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
We use this book in our facilitator training and parent support workshops. It is the language that unites us.
It’s OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids by Heather Shumaker
When we are unsure how to navigate tricky young child conflicts we refer to this book and its predecessor “It’s OK Not to Share”
Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori Picket
This is a practical guide to how we facilitate “the learning” in our programs.
The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
We appreciate the scientific explanations of how the brain works, what we can do to support difficult moments when “the upstairs brain” is highjacked, and the wheel of awareness.
Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
We actually like several of Alfie Kohn’s books but if we were to recommend just one, this would be it.
People and organizations we love
Pam Laricchia’s podcast is a favorite. She also writes and curates. Plus, she is from Ontario!
We like Janet’s approach to dealing with boundaries and conflict in young children. Her articles and podcasts are helpful.
Curated by Carol Anna McBride, this page provides resources for those individuals and organizations who wish to be trauma-informed.
Blogs we love
Tom Hobson inspires us as he weaves gentle parenting and social justice into his preschool classroom!
This unschooling/parenting blog is both entertaining and informative.