Think about Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, and Nate Berkus. How do these three fit in a group? Each has taught the strong impact of a thoughtfully prepared environment. Attractive and organized, of course, but it’s not just about aesthetics, it’s also about purpose.
Mariah Bruehl, author of Playful Learning (an amazing resource I highly recommend) as well as the creator of the blog of the same name, is another person I’d put in that group. She is an amazingly talented educator and mother and a passionate promoter of making learning playful and accessible for children. (Not to mention the fact that she is a truly delightful and kind-hearted person.)
Mariah truly has a gift for purposeful beautiful preparation of children’s spaces, making them not only appealing to the eye but stimulating to the mind. She has a way of creating invitations in a space that simply call children over to explore. Her guidance is valuable to teachers and parents alike.
Starting this week, she’s launched her popular course, Playful Learning Spaces Ecourse on a new platform, allowing you to enjoy the information at your own pace and return as often as you like!
And it gets better. Mariah is offering a free spot in her course to one of the readers of Not Just Cute! (Valued at $125) Just comment below, sharing the space you’d like to better prepare as a playful learning environment, or share a memory of one of your favorite spaces from your own childhood. A winner will be selected randomly from the comments Tuesday May 15 at 10pm (EST) and posted in next Wednesday’s post. One comment per person.