Outdoor Rules to Live & to Teach

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“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~ George Santayana Go Outside Every Day Yes, every day. Better yet begin and end the day with fresh air. The best way to wake up and to unwind from the day. Do Not be Afraid Get dirty. Be welcoming of critters. When I heard one of my [Read On]


Learning about Frogs in Preschool

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We were thrilled to find tree frog spawn in our pond. The males frogs have been croaking up a storm in our forest in the evenings. The rhythm is beautiful but it sure does make me wonder where they all hide during the day. The chorus sounds like one of thousands. The eggs really are [Read On]


The Importance of Gross Motor Development

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“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood Why is developing gross (or [Read On]


Children’s Books that Celebrate Winter Outdoors

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  Learning about Hibernators and Adaptors Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner is a lovely story of a father and his child cross country skiing through the winter woods. The illustrations and writing is soothing and melodic as the two explore the winter woods. The book gives us a glimpse into life above [Read On]


Easy Winter Solstice Activities for Kids

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Tomorrow we’re having our second annual Winter Solstice get together (aka: a play date) with good friends.  My friend and I wanted to find a way to open our children’s eyes to the beauty of the solstice from a scientific standpoint but even more so the significance to us human beings and those with whom [Read On]


Winter Trees Activity for Kids

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Below is an activity that combines the outdoors, nature and art, just a few of my favorite things. Last year we were fortunate enough to spend a few hours on a farm in Natick, Massachusettes learning about maple sugaring. My older son was totally into it. Between the farm animals, being outdoors and wandering in [Read On]