The Power of Hands-On Learning – (Doug Stowe)

Jul 07, 2020

Powerful learning happens through creative hands-on activities. How can schools better promote learning beyond eyes and ears? Doug Stowe, an expert in both Sloyd and Froebel methods, shows us how. Doug, master woodworker, developed the Wisdom of the Hands program at Clear Spring School, a small independent school in Eureka Springs, AR. He’s written over […]

Clearing the Air – (John, Jay & Scott)

Jun 18, 2020

In the first of several “behind the scenes” episodes, John, Jay and Scott discuss the history and motivation behind the Garden of Children documentary series and Path to Learning podcast. With all the talk about Froebel (and Scott’s involvement in making/selling Froebel Gifts) this session addresses questions about the end goal for the projects. The […]

Fostering Wonder and Inquiry in Children – (Paul Andersen)

Jun 07, 2020

  In this episode Paul Andersen, an educational consultant and YouTube creator based in Bozeman, Montana, reflects on the differences in good and bad teaching. He provides insight on how parents and educators can move away from dumping information onto children, and foster wonder and inquiry so children lead their own learning. Paul’s classroom experience, […]

A Natural Way to Assess Learning – (Stacey Wellman)

May 27, 2020

Stacey Wellman, MA, CCC-SLP, LD, a speech/language pathologist with Winnetka Public Schools, describes how the Froebel method helps her identify and assess a child’s learning profile. She’s worked with children ages 3 to 14 in the public schools for over 25 years. Her neurological assessments utilize Froebel Gifts and Occupations as a more natural tool […]

Assessing the Value of Standardized Testing – (William Jeynes)

May 14, 2020

In this episode we speak with Dr. William Jeynes, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach about standardized testing in America.  How did testing and our industrial model come about, and is it right for young children? Professor Jeynes is most interested in how research can be applied to public policy, especially quantitative […]

008 – Visual Spatial Learning – (Alex Wolf and Vijal Parikh)

May 04, 2020

In this episode we discuss visual-spatial learning with Alex Wolf and Dr. Vijal Parikh of Hear how they got started, about their Pattern Alphabet, and their work with SILC (Spatial Intelligence Learning Center) and the Tanzania Pilot Study with the Radius Foundation.   Alex Wolf had a playful childhood and a bang-up education at […]

Kindergarten & the Birth of Modern Art – (Norman Brosterman)

Apr 17, 2020

This episode features John, Jay and Scott interviewing Norman Brosterman at Blockspot Learning in Southampton, NY on October 6, 2015. We discussed the history of the Froebel Kindergarten and its impact on modern art, design and architecture. We’ve re-recorded the original questions as only Norman was mic’d at the time. For more information about Norman […]

Intro to the Froebel Kindergarten pedagogy

Apr 08, 2020

Today we discuss who Friedrich Froebel was, and what his educational pedagogy is all about. Learn about the Froebel’s Gifts and Occupations, and how he combined child-centered, play-based, hands-on, and nature-focused approaches to education. You can find products mentioned today available online at Red Hen Toys and upcoming events at If you like this […]