Hi, I'm Ray-Ann!

I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field for 35 years. When I was a younger educator, I used teacher-initiated activities or themes as a way of guiding how I would engage the children each day. As seasons changed, the art work would correspond and so would group time songs and stories. I don’t necessarily think that using this style of teaching children is entirely the wrong approach, because children are born to play and learn and will! However, I have now come to the point in my experience and observations to understand that children are capable of constructing their own learning. When they do, they are motivated. When they are motivated, incredible and amazing learning can happen. I want to be a facilitator for that kind of learning and a co-constructor of their play.

I have been influenced by Reggio Emilia and Waldorf-inspired approaches, the RIE philosophy, and loose parts and play-based theory. I believe young children who are still exploring with all of their senses are receiving a much richer and more meaningful learning experience with natural materials made of wool, metal, wood, cardboard, fabric and glass. It is my pleasure and passion to create toys for children that support and respect their natural learning abilities. You can visit my shop to see what I've been creating lately! I'm also an experienced workshop facilitator, and love drawing on my experiences to connect with and inspire other educators.

Thanks for stopping by and the carrot came up. I look forward to connecting with you!