New Directions

By , October 26, 2011 1:02 pm


For anyone alert enough to have noticed that my last post was dated March 18th and it is now October 26th, I can assure you that I am still here on planet Earth! Between a wee taddy bit of “blog burnout” and a new direction in my life, blogging went to the back burner.

The exciting news (for me anyhow) is that I have made a major career shift. Over the years I have been a flight attendant, lawyer, flight instructor, professional pilot, writer, and stay-at-home-Mom. I have now ended my stay-at-home-Mom phase, and have taken a job as a Montessori teacher in a 3 to 6 year-old classroom.

I am just finishing up my Montessori certification, and began work at the start of the school year in August. I have been heavily involved with this little school for eight years as a parent, classroom volunteer, and enthusiastic supporter, so this is an obvious and happy progression for me.  My primary areas of responsibility are Science and Geography/Cultural, which, as you might have guessed by reading my blog, are probably my two most favorite subjects.

So far I am loving my new career.  I feel very fortunate to be spending my days with absolutely the best co-workers and children out there!  I am also excited to personally share many of the ideas from Unplug Your Kids with a wider pool of children.

I have spent a lot of time during my hiatus wondering about the future of Unplug Your Kids. Obviously I have a lot less free time now, and my life focus has shifted a bit.  However I hate to simply abandon the blog, especially after four and a half years of hard work and love!

So the logical solution is to shift the focus of Unplug Your Kids to better align with my present life.  I plan on using Unplug Your Kids as a platform for sharing fun books, teaching ideas, and projects that I discover or create.  Since the blog has really always been about art, science, books, and activities, I don’t think there will be a drastically noticeable change.  There may just be a bit more talk about Montessori than there used to be.

Since many of you who read Unplug Your Kids are homeschooling families, or families seeking supplementary fun and educational activities for their children, I hope that you will welcome this new direction!

8 Responses to “New Directions”

  1. L J Campbell says:

    I have 3 kids of similar ages to your own (boy, boy, girl) and a similar approach to your own and have been a subscriber to your blog for a while.

    I am also a montessori teacher but am not currently teaching as my life has just gone a different direction … for now. I do, as you will see, use my teaching skills quite a lot though.

    We live in Zimbabwe. My husband has a town based business selling seed (wholesome … growing things) and I am mainly involved in my side of the family’s business which is a game ranch in the south east of Zimbabwe. For more details check out the web site I have included.

    You are probably wondering why I am getting in touch …? Well, we run a community outreach programme which is mainly based in education and ideas and input are always needed. I wondered if you would like to be a guest “consultant” for us.

    Also we are very involved with World Rhino Day which happens every 22nd September and I would like it to grow even bigger next year. We have done a lot of work on schools here but I would like it to become an International effort as this is the only way to make a difference.

    Rhino are symbolic of a number of animals that will soon go extinct if we do not step in to prevent this. The depletion of the planet’s resources in this way is tragic and the reason I would like children to add their voices is because I believe we are custodians for them and should protect the world’s natural heritage on their behalf.

    we would obviously need to chat more than I want to bog you down with here but it would be great if we could work together!

    best wishes, Lisa-jane

  2. Hooray! I look forward to your future posts, however few and far between.

  3. Linda Dashnaw says:

    So happy to hear the good news. Enjoy your new career. There’s nothing better than spending your day with young children. Look forward to reading your blog once again :-)

  4. prasti says:

    congratulations! sounds like a perfect transition. i enjoy your posts and all of your creative ideas. thanks for sharing them and looking forward to reading many more. cheers!

  5. I am so excited for you and this continuing adventure you are on. I know the evolution will be great both here and in your new job. :-)

  6. Cynthia Dyer says:

    Congratulations! The world needs more Montessori teachers. Welcome to the club. :)

  7. Suzie says:

    I just came upon your blog! I have 3 kids, too, and also just launched a new career. I want to wish you good luck with your new venture! I look forward hearing updates.

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