Hands up if you ever had a question that no one could answer. Did you ever find an answer? Scientists spend their lives trying to answer questions………… Children are born eager to learn. Curious by nature, we can’t keep them from exploring as they try to comprehend their environment. Everything is a wonder.  When conditions allow… Read More


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


In a culture that prizes achievement, kids are often afraid to fail – failing to realize that some of the very ideas that don’t work are steps along the path to ones that will.  Persistence and creativity can lead to amazing things, as Leif the leaf discovers in this lovely book. ******************************* LEIF and the FALL… Read More


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


To take care of one another and the Earth, we must truly see one another as unique and valued.  If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other. ************************ An introduction to Earth for children big and small who… Read More


As our children have opportunities to meet kids who are different than they are, there are possibilities for new perspectives, ideas, experiences, and awareness.  Encouraging them to make friends with those who are different — no matter how big or small the difference — is an excellent way to encourage acceptance of diversity and participate in… Read More


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


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


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

OLLIE and the WIND

Take a walk on a windy day, or just stand outside for a few minutes.  Talk about the wind with your children and explore what it does……………. Can you see the wind? How do you know it’s blowing? What does it do to objects and the people around you? What does it do to the trees?… Read More