Hi! I’m Holly.
I’m a teacher, learner, resource maker, and content creator. My passion is early childhood education, and I’m thrilled to able to share it with you! Whether you are here for classroom design, engaging activities, or information on play-based learning, I’m happy to help!
How can Research and Play support you?
Create a student-focused space based in research with simple strategies
Provide engaging, hands-on activities for students in multiple content areas
Learn more about Reggio-inspired design, play-based learning, and differentiation
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” -Maria Montessori
What does your classroom environment say to your students? How does it reflect their individual personalities and interests? Classroom design is much more than what is on the walls. The entire layout of the space, the colors used, the materials provided all lend themselves to building a space that supports child development and learning.
Want to learn more? Read about how I’ve designed classroom spaces and what specific strategies I use to create a student-focused, supportive classroom space.
Students learn best with hands-on, engaging activities, it’s simple! Phonics time is more fun with matching games, math rotations are more engaging with counting collection extensions, and writing is more effective with sentence writing practice!
Click here to see all of the resources I use with my students to give them multiple hands-on opportunities to learn!
“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” -Loris Malaguzzi
A teacher never stops learning. Whether it be a district-mandated training or a passion project, we are constantly looking for ways to learn new methods and hone our instruction.
Over the years, I have received many questions regarding my philosophy and strategies for classroom design, differentiation in small groups, using technology intentionally, and instruction. So, I’ve created a course that helps educators develop design thinking and shares all I’ve learned. It’s called The Research-Based Space, join me!