"I hope to influence the parents of the children under my care...will begin with fun gardening projects for the children to learn and share with their parents...to instill some interest in alternative learning opportunities from outdoor activities."
I am an educator and the owner of RadicalEarthKids, an unconventional family child care home where learning takes place outdoors (if weather permits). Children learn the State Standards, as well as, coping skills through organic gardening, observation, nature walks, recycling and expression of their feelings through art, music, writing and healing gardens. Children learn Spanish/English, Portuguese, and sign language. I am a Reggio Emilia and Montessori supporter; therefore, activities are planned to incorporate these philosophies.
In addition, I am the proud mother of 4 wonderful children. Two are adults and two are still at home with me. My youngest child and I completed a year of Florida Virtual School. It was a wonderful experience and both of us achieved a great deal of personal growth.
As my child is ready to return to conventional school, I have decided to continue my role as an educational coach/teacher/facilitator at home to allow flexibility to care and monitor my youngest daughter's health.
I hold a BS and AA degrees, as well as, teaching certification eligibility, endorsements and professional development in: PK-G3 , Exceptional Ed and Early Learning, Family and Consumer Sc. In addition, I completed the UF Master Gardener training. My interests are: art, languages, sustainable living, meditation techniques, natural/alternative medicine, organic cooking and gardening, canning, soap-making, etc.
My grandparents taught me to love and appreciate the blessings that Earth give us. It was through them that I learned about composting, raising chickens, home remedies and how to follow the moon stages to successfully grow and harvest our food. They could look at the sky or the behavior and the sound of the chickens or birds to determine the upcoming weather. They followed the Farmers Almanac and my grandmother taught me some of our Spanish heritage needle art, such as crochet, embroidery and pull thread. I later learned bobbin lace. My ancestors respected the land and the importance of being responsible consumers.