California Roots the Carolina Sessions (with kids)

California Roots the Carolina Sessions (with kids)

We have to be there.  As soon as I heard the line up, I told my husband.  We have to be there.  So many of our favorite bands.  Bands that have brightened our days, changed our lives, fed our souls.  All in one place on the same day.  At a…

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New York State of MInd

New York State of MInd

Nothing opens the mind like travel.  Exploring new places, learning the stories of new people, using skills we do not exercise in our “real” lives; these things require an open mind.  Our minds work harder when we travel.  We are challenged and educated and inspired. I found this to be…

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Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor New Jersey

Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor New Jersey

We visited the Wetlands Institute on our trip to the Jersey Shore and discovered a great place to learn!  The walkway into the Institute had a flower garden where we found a caterpillar. We started our tour of the wetlands by watching a short film about life in the salt…

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The butterflies led us (slightly) south

The butterflies led us (slightly) south

Every year, one generation of Monarch butterflies makes an incredible journey from points  north, such as Canada and North America, all the way to their wintering grounds in Mexico.  We have been fascinated by their journey since we started observing them in the un-mowed portion of our yard. This year,…

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Early summer looks awesome! And it smells nice too.

Early summer looks awesome!  And it smells nice too.

It is the beginning of summer.  With all its sweet smells.  All its brilliant colors.  All its earthy tastes.  All its promise of adventure.  And relaxation.  And flowers in your hair.  And evening walks that last past bedtime.  And time to breathe in every beautiful second of it. What are…

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Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

We stopped for lunch at a convenience store on our way out of Delaware.  There was a map on the wall where we helped the kids locate the two beaches we visited on the trip, the town of Milton, where we went for the Horseshoe Crab Festival and a cousin’s…

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Super science adventure and yes you CAN take your kids to a beer tasting!

Super science adventure and yes you CAN take your kids to a beer tasting!

I am big on moments.  When you have three kids, you don’t get whole days that are blissfully fantastic.  Travel can be a combination of intensely moving and sanity sucking (what the hell were we thinking?, do they not realize this is awesome?, this is fun dammit!, let’s get them…

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Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago is a fascinating Lego series (to kids…and their dads) that has been made more enthralling by the dvd series released with it, chronicling the adventures of the young ninja.  There is enough intrigue and danger to make it more exciting for “big kids” than your average “little kid” show,…

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Magic Moments

Magic Moments

Live music took hold of me early on.  I was sitting in a metal folding chair in a large gymnasium-like room at an Irish festival as a kid.  There were musicians on stage singing the Irish songs I knew by heart and others I had never heard.  I was mesmerized. …

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World Down Syndrome Day Lesson Plan

World Down Syndrome Day Lesson Plan

World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21st (3/2), chosen to represent the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome expressed in individuals with Down syndrome.  The following lesson plan was created to help raise awareness in my son‘s second grade class about Down syndrome.  In addition to the plan, I…

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