About the mama behind @EssentiallyJenni
Hi, friends! My name is Jenni and I'm a first time mama and previous primary teacher in WA. I taught 1st grade for five years in a Title 1 school. Before having my own classroom, I taught preschool and school-age classrooms in daycares. I have been a stay at home mom since my son was born about 20 months and planning to get back into the classroom in the future! I was diagnosed with severe postpartum depression and anxiety and had a challenging time opening up with those around me. It was especially hard when the majority of our friends and family worked and I felt very isolated. I started seeing a therapist who challenged me to connect with others so I started my personal blog and social handles, @EssentiallyJenni as a creative outlet to share my raw motherhood journey as a new mama and connect with others. Reach out and we can connect!
The planning process
As Calvin got older, my husband and I have made it our mission to create a play space in our home that fosters creative play, independence and exploration. We've transformed our formal living space to become Calvin's playroom but it was always unorganized and cluttered. So during the planning process of refreshing his play space, we narrowed down some key components that helped us with the design. I have always been inspired by the Waldorf school philosophy that focuses on the whole-child and is very child-centered.
Accessible storage & Furniture
Calvin's play space is the first room you see as you enter our home. It used to be our formal living room that we never spent time in so when we had Calvin, we dedicated this space for us to spend time in as a family. Waldorf inspired furniture is very clean, minimal and beautiful! So we decided to incorporate the following shelving and furniture units.
These are so squishy and so much fun! We move them around the house for flexible seating or arrange them in patterns for walking, jumping and practicing his gross motor skills. Or stack them and knock them down! We practice hand-eye coordination, concentration and cause-and-effect!
The center of our place space is open for Calvin to explore, move and play. I will switch the center based off of what he wants to spend time exploring. A lot of times we spend time stacking, crashing and building with our Foam Big Building Blocks or Patchworks Set. Or, playing with our Camp Castle Medium Modern City Play Mat because he's been obsessed with cars or vehicles!
Streamline Book Display
We've spent many many months creating his play space with so much thought and design. Overall we wanted accessible storage, calming colors and the ability to foster creative play, independence and exploration!
Thanks for reading & let's connect!