Supporting Alternative Education: The Mayapple School

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to share with you that a number of items from my older daughter’s store, Creations by Maris, have been chosen to be featured by the Mayapple School, located in Virginia’s beautiful New River Valley. For a limited time, the artists involved will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their featured items to the support of this wonderful new school as its seeks to start up.

Now, as a proud mama, I am always happy for anyone to recognize the value of my daughter’s work.  But I was also pleased to be able to support this particular cause. As a homeschooler, I am all for new choices in education. Of course, homeschooling is a great choice too, but it is not for everyone and it does have its pros and cons. A good private school can also be an excellent choice. The Mayapple School is very nature oriented, an emphasis my beloved Charlotte Mason would have approved of. Their approach is one of “interdisciplinary learning that helps children build relationships and connect with the world around them.” Again, very CM. They also understand the value of play which I think is sorely missing in today’s schools (Peter Gray’s book Free to Learn, reviewed here, is an excellent resource on that).

So all in all, this opportunity was  a great fit for us and we are happy to support this new school as it seeks to get off the ground. The theme of their gallery is nature so if you are looking for any gifts for the upcoming months, please consider stopping by and supporting this little school and the artists who are contributing. Click here to find the whole Mayapple Gallery and to support this little school as it begins.

Nebby

Here are a few previews of what’s in the collection:

Pumpkin hat and Fruit hats in all sizes from babies on up

Pumpkin hat and Fruit hats in all sizes from babies on up

That's my 14yo modeling the shirt; cute, huh? (Aack! Don't tell him I said that! 14yos don't want to be cute.)

That’s my 14yo modeling the shirt; cute, huh? (Aack! Don’t tell him I said that! 14yos don’t want to be cute.)

I love the flowery zentangles trailing out from behind the butterfly on this girls' shirt.

I love the flowery zentangles trailing out from behind the butterfly on this girls’ shirt.

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