recommended resources on early childhood learning, learning environments, and parent-child relationships.


We integrate these resources into our philosophy


The Whole-Brain Child. by Daniel J. Seigel and Tina Payne Bryson

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne and Davina Muse

Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, by Julie Olsen Edwards and Louise Derman-Sparks

No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame, by Janet Lansbury

Websites & Blogs

Aha! Parenting, by Dr. Laura Markham

Teaching for Change

Elevating Childcare, by Janet Lansbury (RIE)

Teacher Tom’s Blog, by Tom (Play-Based Learning)

How We Montessori, by Kylie D’Alton (Montessori)

Child Development Institute of the Redwoods, by Aubrey Hargis (Montessori)


Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?

“Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species,” says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.