This is why we do what we do.

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Our friends at the Cobb School in Simsbury, Conneticut, started school today. It marks the beginning of their 40th year. Looking at this original picture is not only nostalgic, it's hopeful - full of so much compassion and promise. You can literally see the excitement and passion in everyone's eyes. This is why we do what we do. Needless to say, that same look still adorns those who teach at Cobb, and those students who are lucky enough to attend. Forty years is a remarkable feat. Congratulations!

The Building Blocks of Life

Over the summer, we sat down to put together our thoughts on what education means to us: the values, principles and dreams that we hope to embody and impart. We started to call them the "building blocks of life."

Essentially, we wanted to share some of the many lessons that we have learned along the way and relay these capstones to a much wider audience. These are principles to which we aspire, foundations that we desire to lay, and inspiration that we always try to carry in our back pockets.

As with everything, we believe in the best. The best teachers. The best education. The best materials. That's why we teamed up with Dave and Cassie Medema of Funky Fresh Supply Co. They are the best at what they do.

Not only do they share the same vision for education, they also have a unique ability to capture tough concepts with their original and insightful designs. Together, we created a series of our favorite "building blocks" and put them in poster format. We hope you enjoy!

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Raising a Child of Possibility

We are so pleased to showcase this very special TedX Video, Raising a Child of Possibility, with Hugh Weber and his beautiful daughter Emerson.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to watch it. We think you'll be inspired. Who knows? You might even look to rediscover your own sense of wonder and joy.

As a parent of a student at Baan Dek, we were just thrilled to see Hugh on stage. He demonstrated the Montessori spirit, with such charmisma and insight, while still managing to navigate his own terrain.

We couldn't be more proud.

Well, to be fair, what impressed us the most was to see Emerson's courageous stage debut. She's only four. TedX Fargo billed her "as one of the youngest TedX presenters ever". Did you see her greet the crowd? "Hello, Fargo!" she exclaims.

We have no doubt that soon the entire world will hear Emerson's voice, on a stage of her own creation. Way to go Webers! We want nothing more than to keep following you!