This week I had the chance to sit down with Dr. Karen Aronian, Founder of Aronian Educational Design. Karen, a past NYC school teacher and College Professor, creates learning spaces, programs and staffing for schools, hospitality brands and private clients!
I met Karen as a fellow Montessori Parent a few years ago and knew she would be the perfect person to talk about all things HOMESCHOOL as we return to this new school year with many of us doing online learning or hybrid models.
In this episode, Karen and I talk about the obvious challenges this year presents, the mindset reframes needed to embrace the challenges and new normal. We also talk about the practical action steps parents can take to set their homes up for a successful school year- at any age.
Important takeaways by time stamp:
2:37 Karen introduces herself and gives some background about what led her to this career and passion.
4:46 What does Educational Design mean?
9:10 Helping parents adjust to new environment: How do we mentally prepare and what resources do we have?
17:00 3 pieces of advice on managing the stress of everyone being at home throughout the entire day
30:44 Actions steps for turning your home a learning environment
42:00 Proactive investment of LISTING (learning spaces, snacks, free time activities...)
46:30 How to create some practice for returning to school
51:00 Growth and bandwidth- Investing in YOU so you can hold space for the family
53:40 How does Karen Find Her Freedom?
Connect with Karen:
Visit her website
Follow her on Instagram @drkaronian
Watch her latest interview from abc10 News
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