Child Directed learning

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Playful Pictures’ – a new flip-book and pdf to introduce CHILD DIRECTED LEARNING links and examples, images and quotes, activities and curious facts.

You can now download links, pdfs and videos of what child directed learning can involve on my CPD page. The outcomes for ‘high visual’ learners who flourish with drawing, drama, IT and music, but who find classrooms to boring, noisy and distracting. Case Histories and examples show what can be done.



Creating a Path of Inner Wisdom

Through the Seasons

Here are some examples of  mini-collage cards symbolisng the cycle of creativity:  This is a playful way of exploring your heartfelt wishes and dreams for the future, and making them come alive. Based on Lucia Capacchioine’s book ‘Visioning: Ten Steps to Living the Life of your Dream’, each activity can be an emotional and spiritual transformation so that you begin living what you want for the future.

CY Game collages (3)

 VENUE: The Rose and Crown, 6 South St, South Molton, EX36 4AA.

Eight one day workshops celebrates the Celtic season

and focuses on the cycle of creativity from vision to practice.

Using mandala meditation, sound, Creative Journal and collage

we practice the path of a modern Visionary by tapping into our inner wisdom .


December 15: Rebirth of Vision

February 2: Imbolc – Commitment to Vision

March 23: Equinox – Focus of Desire

May 4: Beltain – Support for Vision

June 22: Solstice – Planning for Action

August 3: Lamas – Refine the Plan

September 21: Equinox – Creative Action

November 2:  Samhain – Gratitude

Contact Charlotte on for more details.

Whats New November 2014

A group of Creative Journalists have come together to look at how children can be supported through Playful Learning. Workshops involve a range of expressive arts integrated with journal, reflective listening and feedback. This is an exciting, light hearted way of learning more about yourself, and your Playful Child. We need to love this child in order to truly listen and observe children’s individual ways of learning.

New Dates for Introductory Workshops 7-9pm at The Rose and Crown, 6 South St, South Molton, EX36 4AA: January 5th, 19; February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30

NEW – a Photobook entitled Playful Pictures of children’s and adults artwork demonstrates why playful learning tells us more than just words.  We all need to play, it is a survival mechanism that helps us to adjust to change and respond to our organic needs for rest and recharging. This shows the various writers and teachers who have pioneered ways of using play and expressive arts in order to learn, and for emotioinal personal development.  Receive a pdf on request to

Here is a story written by an 8yr old boy who has high visual thinking skills – the talking in the classroom tends to go over his head, but he was busy writing his own little books. ‘Where’s Pecan’ and ‘ Easter Story’ imitate children’s storybook layout and style. Sam was determined to be an author, despite the teacher telling him it was not what was required!

Where’s Pecan

CP Easter Story 1

SKILLS OF STORY – a great way to educate children

With puppets, character building, story games and imaginative flexibility, parents are learning how to be COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATORS.  Children love all things visual, the skills of talking and writing are difficult, so put the two together….. you have success, and a child with natural joy of learning.

Next Monday  7-9pm at The Living Tree Centre, 4-5 Paiges Lane, Barnstaple:

ENJOY BEING A PARENT – Self Help Action Sheets

CLIA provides Expresssive Arts activities for parents to learn to play and enjoy joining in with their children.  Here are some helpful hints and creative journal prompts that are easy to use to reflect on what it’s like being a parent without judgement. Find another parent friend and do the exercises together with a cup of tea, you could have lots to share with eachother. 

Creative Journal: The following is adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Children’ by Lucia Capacchione.  Chose a topic and write a journal prompt on the top of a page, e.g. ‘I draw what I like doing, I write about what I draw’.  Children love exploring their feelings and thoughts with pictures and a few words.

CJ for Children prompts

‘Being a Parent’ activities:  With special thanks to Jackie Sokolov, the founder of Parent Network, for permission to reprint material contained in the following activitiy sheets, adapted from their Parent Training Manual:

Reflecting Feelings


Reflective listening to yourself

Saying what we feel

Visualise what you want

Suppressing feelings

The following journal activities are adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Parents’ by Lucia Capacchione.

How I was Raised wksheet

Nurturing Parent

Peace and Quiet

When I was your age


Play Team members and their journals.



Pictures of many types of Creative Journal Expressive Arts and Vision(R) collage activities used in CLIA coaching for adults, children and groups:  CLICK HERE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: My thanks to Michael and Helen Loxton who kindly provided photos of Wistman’s Wood dwarf oaks, taken in June 2011, and CaptainKaranga for photos of Home Education artwork.