Naturally Romantic

I used to dread Valentine’s Day.  In the elementary years, there were the inevitable flurries of classroom rumors about who liked who.  There were the determined efforts to make sure the cheesy saying on the variety pack of cards your mom bought would not give the wrong person the idea…

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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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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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Strawberry field

I often remind my children that the healthiest food grows right out of the earth.  I want them to know that a healthy earth means healthy people too.  I want them to be aware of where their food comes from and how this can impact their health in positive and…

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Embracing the rain

In the book,  Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems, Piggy emphatically declares his dislike for rain.  I have similar feelings about rain.  It is cold, dreary, depressing and makes me want stay in bed.  We have had a lot of rain in the last few years in…

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Travel Lifestyle

I have a new obsession.  I can not stop reading travel blogs.  These are not blogs that give advice for the occasional traveler who takes a week’s vacation once or twice a year.  These are the stories of individuals and families who are planning to or who are currently traveling…

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