Learning in the natural environment

Caz Greenwood explores how teachers bring Montessori education outdoors Maria Montessori was a firm believer in learning from and in the natural environment. There is a wonderful story about her teaching one of the Great Lessons in India: she asked a student to take the end of a black ribbon and cycle with it as […]

Skeena Rathor believes education will only succeed if it is linked to community and happiness

I have spent seven years looking for the school of my dreams. Over the last ten years there has been a surge of small schools in the UK that aim to educate the whole child with generosity and reverence for the miracle that they are. Many of us have thought deeply about the purpose of […]

Suzanne Whitton shares what she’s learnt about embracing change

In a matter of days, my eldest daughter will be leaving the comfort of her primary school and embarking on life as a secondary school student. For her this marks an exciting milestone full of opportunities; for me it’s an uncomfortable, emotional and daunting prospect. I am ordinarily not an emotional person. It was therefore […]

A Different Kind of Education – Zion Lights reviews ‘Finnish Lessons’

Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg is a fascinating book, but because of the dry subject matter it is not easy to digest and dissect. It’s chock full of useful and even essential information, but it is not aimed at parents who don’t get enough sleep and have to-do lists as long as their arms. However, […]

Zion Lights reviews Free Range Learning

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything by Laura Grace Weldon Occasionally I come across a book that significantly changes or enhances the way I understand a topic. In terms of the way our children learn, and the way we (as a society) attempt to teach them, Laura Grace Weldon’s book really struck a chord […]