Hi! My name is Miranda and I am so bad at these "about me" things. I'm a wife and mother and those lines blur all the time. I love my extended family and guard my immediate family time with great care. I am an introvert homebody, but I need my friends and husband to get me through everyday.
I have been a teacher and mother-hen, I believe since birth. [old soul] I have studied traditional education and have various degrees and certifications in Elementary and Early Childhood Education to Reading Specialties. I taught outside of the home for 7 years before having kids of my own.
I am 100% a visual person and learn best from hands-on, real life application under amazing educators who have blazed trails before me.
I dream to open my own school one day, but the business and political aspects of that just seem so heavy right now.
I decompress by crafting and creating. The fastest way to my heart is through office supplies and a glass of wine, preferably in the mountains. I'd take mountains over the beach any day.
I love women supporting women and I crave confident, funny girlfriends who build one another up.
I am working on "taking things off the beam" and listening to my heart more. [#whatwouldjenhatmakerdo?]
If you need me, I will be watching Netflix way too late at night when the house is quiet, creating a To Do list for the next day, and adding things to the day's done just so I can cross them off.
What is Where The Children Play?
The idea of Where The Children Play was born well before I even had children of my own. It is a combination of schools and philosophies I studied in, where children are allowed to be children. The idea was fostered while teaching in high stakes districts where paperwork and meetings could rival those of the White House. Watching the needs of the child fall to the wayside more as bureaucracy and red tape filled the classrooms even in some of the neediest schools, I left the public school system to stay at home as we build our family. Once a teacher, always a teacher. It wasn't long (4 months to be exact) before I began caring for other children as well. Crafts, excursions around town, and experiments gave way to a mommy blog, which I am just not cut out for, which then gave way to a small business with a dream of starting a place where children really can play and explore their own imaginations.
This entire dream and philosophy was given a soundtrack with the Cat Stevens song entitled "Where do the children play?" I believe his words resonate now perhaps even more than when they were written. In a world so busy with progress and one-upping, racing to be first and the most and the highest, we forget to leave time and spaces for children to be children. Children without On and Off switches or batteries.
Where The Children Play is a resource for ideas on exploring and engaging childhood. For allowing children to control their own play and bodies while learning how to become responsible caring adults who will one day, not far from now, lead our world.
I believe that childhood is not separate from adulthood. That would be like saying that education doesn't lead to success or college isn't meant to prepare you for the workforce. I strive to live my life in the eyes of my children just as I am. When I cook, craft, create, explore, read and rest, I do it with them and in front of them.
We believe in being honest with children and holding them accountable for their successes and failures. This is not a business meant to separate us from our kids or one another or to create an image or a life we aren't really living. What you see is all of it, good and bad. So you may find that many of the explorations or interests overlap or then some seem unconnected, but where the children play is where we are. We hope we are creating a life and space for our kids that they are actively a part of, just as much as we are, while still chasing dreams and exploring our own interests.
One day this might turn into something more, I know the better half of the operation, the dreamer, the big guy, Daniel, would like to see it do so. But for now where the children play is here, all around me everyday as I am working and growing and striving where I feel best right now, at home.