More about Page Olson
Page was raised in a home with no TV, where academics were considered a cornerstone of a child’s future but not to extent it overshadowed the importance of child-driven learning. In their early years, Page and her siblings enjoyed countless hours of play, engaged in a wide variety of experiences, and actively explored, tinkered and experimented with many different ideas. Outside the formal classroom, Page’s love of learning and passion for helping others was easy to observe from an early age. Formal classroom learning was a different story. It was frustrating and full of failures.
Even though Page put in extra hours studying, her test scores and other work never showed how much she actually knew. After graduating from Lakeside School, it was off to college. That lasted one year. Her grades were horrible and a college professor told her she was smart but there was something wrong with her. She did not know how she learned or that how she learned was different from others. It would not be until later in her adult life that she would come to discover and understand her unique way of learning.
Her saving grace were activities and opportunities that happened outside the formal classroom. Through these activities, especially her medical explorer post, she would meet influential people who gave her opportunities. As a result of these opportunities she eventually found herself employed as a Medio-Legal Investigator in an urban Medical Examiner’s office. With her investigative strengths, a love of medicine, and compassion for human-kind Page excelled in this position.
In her early 30’s Page was blessed with children and became a stay-at-home mom. Because she never really felt understood by anyone, her parenting style was to seek to understand first by asking questions beginning with “Why is…” or “Why does…” rather than questions beginning with “How do I…” or “What do I…” Seeking to understand by listening to behaviors, observing the children at child-led play, and offering a multitude of different experiences Page and her children developed close trusting relationships. This was how she knew what to do when her son struggled in preschool – remove him.
In seeking to understand, Page discovered both her and her son’s brains are wired differently. While their learning styles and strengths have differences, both fall under the “dyslexic label.” This lead to an unexpected but very successful eclectic homeschooling journey.
Learning from her own experiences, she encouraged and supported an innovative, explorative and linguistically rich home environment for her children. As they grew older she encouraged connections that focused on their chosen interests and strengths that had positive generational role models. These connections, experiences and opportunities were the catalysts for child-directed, child-motivated post K-12 paths that eventually lead to self-chosen fulfilling careers in environments that support who they are.
For over twenty years, Page has brought her unique style of listening and observing children to a wide variety of activities including instructing at and writing interactive hands-on learning curriculum for a natural horsemanship school for kids; pony day camps and birthday parties; involvement in Cub Scouting from starting or helping to start three cub scout packs – one for which she received the District Award of Merit, planning and directing summer day camps, and training cub scout leaders; and since 2004, she has volunteered her time with a non-profit fire-based historical organization where she is past-president, helped start and staff a museum, put together a power-point presentation on the Great Seattle Fire, and is in her seventh year of coordinating a free public Seattle Fire Festival event.
Page enjoys the outdoors: hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and exploring historic sites.
A love for animals lead her to rescue horses, dogs and cats. At present she has two horses, one dog and three barn cats. She is also enjoying delving in to her genealogy.