Aloha! Welcome to Cindi’s Corner, a site you can visit regularly to learn more about the inspiring work taking place at Hanahau`oli School, and some of the innovative approaches taking place in the world of progressive education. Periodically, I will share some of my thoughts and ideas surrounding the development of young children and … Continue reading Aloha!
“August rolls in like a slow and steady wave, heading towards shore but taking its time as it ebbs and flows, not quite sure when it will reach the crowded coastline. As it makes up its mind, the beachgoers prepare for its arrival while they frolic and play, knowing that there isn’t much time … Continue reading Back to School: Hanahau‘oli Style!
When my son was five years old, I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “I’m going to be a policeman, superhero, and architect,” he replied. At ten years of age, he still aspires to be an architect, but he also plans to moonlight as a professional skateboarder and magician. Our daughter, … Continue reading The Future Looks…
In just a few days, Hanahau`oli campus will be flooded with sounds of children, returning to their classrooms after a memory-filled summer. Their sun-kissed faces will leave hints of beach getaways, swimming pools, family hikes, and other expeditions. These will be the memories that won’t be forgotten long after our children have raised their own … Continue reading The Summer I Finally Reclaimed Childhood
It is really hard to believe that I am closing in on my third year as an elementary head of school and kama’aina. Much of my journey has been remarkable, as I learn how to navigate an environment replete with new customs, cultural understandings, and traditions. In some ways, I imagine it feels similar to what people describe when … Continue reading Learning By Doing
We all know the world is full of standardized tests and cognitive batteries to determine how well students succeed across various academic domains. Whether you take the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ITBS, STAR, ERBs, or the countless others floating around in academia, you are bound to get a final score that indicates how well your … Continue reading I Expect the Highest Scores
A few weeks ago, I traveled with a good friend on a short hike to one of the many picturesque waterfalls on Oahu, Waimea Falls. The hike began with a scenic walk through Waimea Valley, a beautiful 1,800 acre sanctuary for rare birds, fish, and more than 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, including those native to … Continue reading Don’t Let a Selfie Ruin the Moment
Summer…the time of year that everyone awaits with monumental anticipation. It always seems like light years away, and yet when it arrives everyone wonders how nine months went by so quickly. Vacations are planned, play dates arranged, summer camps registered, and library books checked out. It’s finally time to catch our breath and recharge. From the … Continue reading Summer Vacation, Teacher Style
Spring Break has come and gone, and my children look forward to heading back to school tomorrow. The week that parents, teachers, and students annually wait for in anticipation seems to go by in the blink of an eye, and yet I would have bet anyone a million dollars that this year’s spring break was … Continue reading Plugged-In Takes on a Whole New Meaning
Okay, so I will be the first to admit that parenting is the hardest job I’ve ever held. There are days when mountains look like molehills, and other days when I think I’ve hit the point of no return. I am not sure I can even recall what it was like to come home … Continue reading Be Present