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My husband, Javier Cerdas, and I have been nurturing learning in our children since birth.  Every parent is capable of nurturing learning, as that’s just what good parents do: talk to their children, read them books, and play with them.

I am French Canadian and Javier is Costa Rican and we are attempting (not as successfully as we hoped) to raise our 4 children to be trilingual.  Before having children, I was an elementary school teacher.  I taught 2nd through 4th grade in both public school and private school.  Being a teacher did not prepare me for motherhood, although at the time, I thought it would. Besides cherishing time with my family, I love to go for long walks, listen to classical or praise music, write, read, do art with my kids, be out in nature, and go to the beach.  If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be the beach.

Our journey with homeschooling started with Montessori for preschool.

After preschool we moved towards a largely Classical method of schooling, but when my oldest was in second grade, I read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay and discovered Charlotte Mason. We now home educate using Charlotte Mason’s principles. Our favorite pastimes are reading good books, playing outside, doing lots of art, and just being with each other.  

I have also written a couple of articles for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, written at the Totally Tots blog, and been part of the review crew at The Old Schoolhouse.

This blog started out as The Adventures of Bear, 12 years ago, as a journal of activities I was doing with my daughter, who was at that time 18 months.  I wanted to give back to the community of bloggers that had given me ideas of how to entertain my toddler all day.  Now it has grown up a bit and I pray that, when you visit Nurturing Learning, you can find encouragement and ideas, and see that I am just a mom struggling to get it all done with God’s grace .