Added by Jessica O'Connor on January 27, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments
“Going outside the classroom – and observing what is right there – that is where meaningful learning happens.”
Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign…
Added by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 12, 2014 at 9:05pm — No Comments
Forest Kindergarten newsletter – ©Erin Kenny 2013
In the pacific northwest of the U.S., the time of winter solstice feels more like the middle of winter than the beginning. Our wet season begins in early fall and runs right through late spring! This year we have noticed some unusual activity in the plant world that seems to indicate spring rather than winter, such as new leaf buds emerging, hazelnut and alder catkins pollinating, increased bird activity and the…Continue
Added by Erin Kenny on January 7, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments
Love begins from a place no words can describe. Nature reaches this place with it's silent, gentle nudge to our sensibilities if we would just listen. Our boundaries are non-existent when it comes to nature and showing the respect it deserves. Reach beyond, with loving hands, what you think you know and learn more. BM…Continue
While looking through old photographs, I came across one that I had used for my Christmas card in 1994. My son William was two-years-old and in love with animals. He played with toy animals, we read stories about animals, and we visited animals at the Roger Williams Park Zoo all the time. In fact, for Christmas that year, we gave out gift certificates that read, "This…Continue
Snow on a Saturday—great! Who scheduled the recent snowstorm? My compliments. On Friday, we knew it was going to snow the next day. We cancelled our plans to travel and settled in for a day at home. No worries about piling up too many snow days that would force the kids to go to school until the end of June. Traveling to work wasn't a concern. I know, two Saturdays to go…Continue
Woke up before dawn on our island in the Puget Sound to find our farm blazing white . Snow had fallen! We don't get much snow -- some years not any -- so seeing even the two inches or so dusting the Doug firs and the landscape is quite exciting. While the schools chose to have a late start day, we in the Vashon Wilderness Program chose tohave full-on fun. Gathering in circle in the meadow, the kids were high with rolling huge mud-balls of snow and making trails. Even so, a lovely quality of…Continue
Throughout my childhood, our family farm in Pennsylvania was not only a summer getaway from city life, but also a place to host extended family and friends. Many times we were allowed to bring classmates from school. One particular friend shared my affinity for horses and was a frequent guest. We spent long summer days playing in the creek, exploring the woods and tending to the horses and cattle on the property, all without issue until one fateful evening when she learned the truth…Continue
Lessons from a Morning Walk
My son, Kaveh, and I have been taking a walk before school. This is not so easy on a weekday, but it is a high priority. We might make it around a block or two in ten minutes, and I am never, ever sorry. Here is why.
©Erin Kenny 2013
November was warm enough that we had several barefoot days in the forest. There was also a lot of wind, leading to daily accumulations of fir needles and small branches on the forest floor. We experienced many days of fog this month which led to opportunities to discuss what fog is. The children have noticed that the light in the forest is changing and the mornings are darker. This has been a great lead-in to talk about how the days are shorter now as…Continue
This is one of my all time favorites. It has shapes, symbolism, friends and food.This year we had such good weather we made sure we got nature's full benefits too. So it's a great event all round in my book.
The Advent Spiral is an important part of the Steiner Waldorf…Continue
Added by Lisa Lillywhite on November 28, 2013 at 8:51am — No Comments
Caffeine and Cajones
The dawn breaks and the first pale light dulls a million stars. The Fiery-Cheeked Nightjar's "Good Lord deliver us" call fades to give way to the melodious song of a Cape Robin-Chat. These opening bars cue-in the avian orchestral fanfare, heralding the first tentative appearance of the sun from stage left. Sitting in my bedroll on the banks of the uThukela River I watch a…Continue
Added by Paul Fleischack on November 12, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments
Maybe, but there's something else. The Natural Play Killers.
Let me tell you a true story..
Added by Lisa Lillywhite on November 11, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments
Like many in this network I was pretty deeply disappointed in the recent Toys 'R Us ad pitting "trees vs. toys", highlighted in the C&NN media update. Like many of you Toys 'R Us has been a part of our gift giving and, to be honest, I still enjoy exploring the canyons of toys in the aisles myself.
Nothing conveys our disappointment more effectively to Toys "R Us than the power of the purse: not buying from them - and letting them know that. If you are unhappy with their…Continue
Added by Manny Kiesser on November 7, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Since I am in the business of teaching about gardening and nature to young children, I love recounting stories of Cleve Backster and the Secret Life of Plants at parties. Amazingly most of my peers are unaware of the experiments Backster performed with plants back in the 60's and 70's that for a…Continue
Added by Cynthia Wylie on November 6, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments
Fall in Florida feels like a second spring. Looks like it too! While most plants and trees are loosing their leaves, evergreen native cassia is just beginning to bloom. By Christmas, walls of dense overhead shrubs will be completely covered with clusters of bright yellow flowers. Sulphur butterflies choose these as the host for their caterpillars. Also known as Winter Cassia or Butterfly Bush; it's a standard for the Florida Gardener. The first cold snap will shatter the…Continue
Added by Angela B Holland on November 6, 2013 at 10:13am — No Comments
Named the ‘Greenest School on Earth’ in 2012 by the U.S. Green Building Council, Green School is a pre-k through grade 12 international school sustainably built along a lush river in Bali, Indonesia. There, students are immersed in the natural environment, with bamboo classrooms that are…Continue
Added by Jennipher Spector on November 6, 2013 at 6:58am — No Comments
I write a monthly 'Green Scene' column for our local newspaper. Here's last week's: Wild Thing
I have vivid memories – and lots of scars – from my childhood. I built a treehouse so big it would need planning permission nowadays and so shoogly it would have failed its Building Warrant. I kissed earthworms for a dare (and, I think, for a penny). I scaled trees and fell in streams and had more patches on my clothes than Holly Hobbie’s…Continue
Added by Jane Gray on November 3, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments
©Erin Kenny 2013
Autumn is palpable in the air and on the ground from chillier temperatures to permanently damp earth. We have all added more clothing layers this month and the children have been requesting their mittens more often. That being said, we also experienced several days this month when it was warm enough for the children (and two teachers) to go barefoot!
The children are noticing evidence of the changing season and there is a lot of…Continue
Added by Erin Kenny on October 25, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments
I've just read the RSPB’s report Connecting with Nature and it makes for interesting although perhaps not surprising reading......
Added by Mudpie Mama on October 24, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments