Blending science and art in winter

My boys and I used to have a lot of time to do fun learning activities together that were based on their interests.  Now that one is in Kindergarten and the other is in second grade, I really feel the time limitations of the school schedule.  This week, they both…

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Observing nature in winter

A few weeks ago on a cold day, the kids and I walked around our yard to get some fresh air and see what was happening there during the winter.  As we walked, we heard the very loud sound of geese flying overhead.  Myself and all three kids immediately turned…

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The moments that have led me here

After reading a post at Creativity Tribe on sense of direction, part of the series ,This Sensational Life, I began to think about the moments in my life that have permanently changed my direction.  “Finding your direction can be as easy as getting centered or having a meaningful chat with…

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Blending academics and outdoor activity, even in winter

I love being outside in the spring, summer and fall.  When winter arrives, I struggle.  I hate it.  I hate the coats and the runny noses and the chapped faces and the gloves that are so hard to get onto the teeny tiny fingers and the miniscule window of daylight…

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Winter at the creek

Winter at the creek

Creeks are one of our favorite places to play, learn and escape in the summer, but they are also a great place to visit in winter.  If you are observant, you will find many learning opportunities by the water in the winter months. The ever changing landscape near a creek…

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A break from the grind

This summer we were presented with an opportunity.  My husband’s job of fourteen years was getting increasingly stressful.  Many rounds of lay offs over several years left much work and little man power.  In June, yet another round of lay offs was announced.  The company asked for volunteers and we…

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