Don’t give up live music, take the kids with you!

“…whenever there is inspiration…and enthusiasm…there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of.” ― Eckhart Tolle The rain finally stopped.  We found a place to sit by the pool.  We tried to keep our excitable children from getting too close to the edge. …

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Take it outside

Here are ten typically indoor activities that can be taken outside during the pleasant days of spring, summer and fall. 1.  Read outside.  Take some favorite books out to the hammock, lounge chair or onto a blanket in the grass.  Read together or give the kids (and yourself) some down…

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Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, PA

The ride to the entrance of the zoo is scenic with views of the creek at some points and beautiful overlooks from great heights at others.  Even before entering the zoo, there are educational opportunities.  There is a sign in a patch of milkweed that reads, “These weeds have a…

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Using a child’s interests to create learning opportunities

Children show unmatched enthusiasm when participating in an activity that is of great interest to them.  Becoming a careful observer is the first step to fully engaging a child in learning.  Listening to a child’s questions, such as, “Why do things go down?” can spark a lesson on gravity.  A…

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About Naturally Educated

I started blogging to share some of the educational activities my husband and I do with our kids both at home and during travel or on mini adventures close to home. I have a degree in early childhood and elementary education, but learned what I feel to be the most…

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Laundry Races

I am pretty efficient at getting laundry washed and dried.  I do several loads a day and rarely have piles of unwashed clothes cluttering up the house.  But piles of clean clothes, that is a different story.  (Having less clothes would help as I discuss in a previous post http://sogladimaround.blogspot.com/2012/05/travel-lifestyle.html…

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Knoebels

The first ride arrived at Knoebels, now America’s largest free admission park, in 1926.  Even today, spending the day at Knoebels is like stepping back in time.  From the nostalgic musical performances to the carousel that has been operated at the park since 1942, Knoebels is good old fashioned fun.…

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Using nature to introduce simple graphs

On a walk counting moths and other creatures Nature is a great source of information for graphing with young children.  Taking a walk and recording data on what you see lends itself easily to an introduction of how to use charts and graphs. Take a walk near your house and…

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Savoring summer

The beauty of summer is here and gone so quickly.  A great way to preserve some of its magic is to paint, draw or photograph the things you find in your yard.  In our yard, daylilies are a burst of color that greet us early in June and are gone…

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Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware

Killens Pond is a great place for a mini family adventure with young children.  There are tent camping sites, primitive tent camping sites and camping cabins. The eleven reasonably priced cabins can be rented for the week during high season or booked for shorter stays in the off season.  Delaware…

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