LIGHTS OUT

For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s encoded in the DNA of all plants and animals. Humans have radically disrupted this cycle by lighting up the night.  In a world marred by light pollution, this quest for true darkness is a clarion call to turn out… Read More

A LOVE SONG TO EVERYDAY MOMENTS

So, what about our ordinary, everyday things….the moments you treasure and the magic you make?  We live in a world obsessed with the mighty. The large. The barely achievable. Yet wondrous things happen all around us.  Extraordinary! is both a wake-up call and a love song to the quiet, everyday moments that remind us what an amazing… Read More

EVEN THE SMALLEST AMONG US

Every Little Letter shows how even the smallest among us can make a big impact, and how a single act of friendship can inspire whole communities to come together. “How do you tear down walls? With words, at first. Then brick by brick.”  Unity and division are themes rich for exploration in this story of alphabet… Read More

HELLO, CROW!

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 and to figure out things for themselves. “We should not think of a child’s experience in nature as an extracurricular activity.  It should be… Read More

TINY, PERFECT THINGS

“My advice to the person suffering from lack of time and from apathy is this:  Seek out each day as many as possible of the small joys.”             Hermann Hesse The little joys … they are so inconspicuous and scattered so liberally throughout our daily lives that many times, we hardly notice… Read More

“Bad Bugs Are My Business” Ace Lacewing

Green lacewings are often an under-appreciated group of beneficial insects, and they are so valuable for pest management. Their contribution to insect control quite is immense!  As soon as the green lacewing’s eggs hatch, the hungry larvae will eat aphids, mealybugs, scale, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies and other slow moving insects.  So, I decided that our… Read More

CELEBRATING THE OUTDOORS

One of the valuable ways to support your children’s healthy development is as easy as opening the door and going outside.  There is no question that regular, frequent opportunities to play outdoors help support the development  of our children’s cognitive, social and physical development.  Going outdoors, in the fresh air—whether on a windy, cold winter day or… Read More

THE MAGIC OF NATURE

Take advantage of the magic of nature—in your own backyard or on a walk. THE HIKE Written and illustrated by Allison Farrell “Utterly satisfying” Kirkus Three friends take a hike.  Wren brings a sketchbook and a flag, El brings a poetry notebook, and Hattie brings feathers and holds Bean, the dog’s, leash.  Hiking is their “favorite… Read More

SHADOW PLAY

Eye on the Sky, Feet on the Ground Light and shadow play is an amazing way for children to explore the world around them, and it can easily be accomplished at home.  See what happens on the next sunny day when your child plays by the window or steps outside on the sidewalk.  A FAMILY SHADOW… Read More

CREATIVE PLAY

“Children have such vibrant minds.  They need to play.  They need to be creative.  They need to imagine.  It’s so important for their sense of self discovery.”   Such wisdom from Jan Brett,  American illustrator and author of beautiful children’s picture books. ************** “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein is just the beginning.  Let’s get out on… Read More