POLKA DOTS AND PUMPKINS

What’s the best way to introduce our children to Yayoi Kusama?  Start with dots, of course! That’s what MOMA curator Sarah Suzuki has done in Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity, the children’s book that teaches our young artists about the legendary Japanese artist’s life and work. Yayoi Kusama From Here to Infinity Sarah Suzuki – Author… Read More

FULL OF FALL

Fall is synonymous with the harvest, crisp air, falling leaves, geese flying overhead, pumpkins and apple cider.   It is the season to be thankful and to be surrounded by the people you love. Enjoy your time gathered together. *********************************** Bella’s Fall Coat          Lynn Plourde – Author Susan Gal – Illustrator Bella is… Read More

Through Georgia’s Eyes

The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Our children are innate scientists and love experiencing the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors. Nature provides countless opportunities for discovery. “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes… Read More

CREATIVE THINKING

Most of us are spending a lot more time indoors these days.  Hopefully, these activities will keep your family engaged in creative pursuits, that will also stretch their minds. ******************************** GEOBOTS CREATING ROBOTS WITH GEOMETRIC SHAPES     Materials can be whatever you’d like.  I used my computer to draw the ones above. Cut out lots… Read More

MAPPING OUR SPECIAL PLACES

“There is growing evidence that strong spatial reasoning skills in preschool help support math learning in elementary school,” said Newcombe. “Beyond math, spatial thinking is important in and of itself for fostering interest in science, math and technology.”                                     … Read More

BEETLES !

Charles Darwin, one of history’s most famous naturalists, got his start with beetle hunting!  He had a thing for beetles, and would go to great lengths to collect and study them.  People who study beetles, remind us that passionate scientists come from passionate kids.  When we value our children’s passions, whether they are transfixed by beetles… Read More

THREE JARS OF PAINT

The ability to understand cause and effect, figure out how things work, and solve problems – are essential to support critical thinking in our children.  One way to encourage these skills is by having children experiment with color mixing. Color mixing can help practice critical thinking skills like exploring cause and effect through observation of how… Read More

THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT – A KEYSTONE SPECIES

Elephants are among the most intelligent of the creatures with whom we share the planet.  Across Africa they have inspired respect from the people that share the landscape with them, giving them a strong cultural significance. They are icons of the continent. They are also a keystone species, playing an important role in maintaining the biodiversity… Read More

A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS ROUND

There is no better place to observe the different scales and dimensions of the natural world than in the study of the circle in nature and its related forms.  This is a  delightful celebration of all things round… curves, spirals, orbs, and bubbles of full-bodied beauty.  AND….The comfort of  this perfect form can also be felt… Read More

A RAFT OF OTTERS

The interconnectivity of the underwater ecosystem is essential to its own vitality. The sea otter is a critical component in this web of life, and maintains its role as the “Keeper of the Kelp”. Kelp plays one of the most important roles, not only in the ocean, but on Earth, as it harbors life and sequesters… Read More