Teachable Moments at the Jersey Shore-Part 1

Each year before the warm weather disappears completely, we take one last trip to the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey.  It is a family friendly town with lots of typical shore attractions like carnival rides, boardwalk shops and lots of not so healthy, but tasty treats to eat. There…

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Weirs Beach, New Hampshire

After visiting Weirs Beach, New Hampshire  for a wedding a few years ago, we couldn’t wait to return for another visit.   We spent one night here on our trip home from Maine to Pennsylvania in late August. This is a family friendly town with lots of activities to keep everyone…

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Literacy-Your child’s connection to the world

Over  the last few months, I have learned many new things about the world by reading the blogs of individuals and families who are traveling full time or extensively.  I have fantasized about following in their footsteps and traveling full time with my own family.  One of the first questions…

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Use your yard to learn and to escape

On most summer evenings, we walk on the path in our backyard.  The path runs through the uncut portion of our lawn, which you can read about here. We see spiders, praying mantises and caterpillars.  The kids touch the seed pods on the Jewelweed and watch as the seeds are…

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Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA

Longwood Gardens is a kid friendly place to run, play and learn.  The many easily walkable paths lead to exciting discoveries including a tree house, a maze and gardens made especially for children.  Plan to stay for the whole day if you want to see everything.  We have been several…

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Investigating Watersheds

The EPA website http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/whatis.cfm says that a watershed is best defined as “that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community.”  John Wesley…

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