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May the Forest be With You: "Markadagen" in Oslo, Norway

Three-year old Ivan is sitting beside a small campfire in Nordmarka, Oslo's public forest, looking pretty pleased. For one, he has convinced his mother, Katja, to prepare pinnebrød for him: a classic outdoors delight of dough wrapped around a stick and cooked over the flames. But also, more importantly, Ivan tried out skiing for the first time today! In Norway, a country that claims cross-country skiing as a national sport, this is a big…

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Added by Elissa Brown on February 19, 2014 at 3:50am — No Comments

Outdoor learning suggestions

I need some suggestions and thought this was the place to start. The elementary school my kids attend has several awesome gardens. We have a native Texas regions garden that is exactly what it sounds like. It represents the plant life in all 4-5 major regions of Texas. We have a butterfly garden and 2nd graders tend to earth worms in the winter and let them into the garden in spring. There's an herb garden and vegetable gardens etc. I'm in charge of 1st grade and 4th grade gardening activities.… Continue

Added by Rachel S on February 17, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Trusting our kids

I was reminded a couple of days ago of one of my favourite children's projects during the Perth International Arts Festival a few years back. Haircuts By Children involved children between the ages of 8 and 12. Children were trained by professional hairstylists and then paid to run a real hair salon, offering members of the public free haircuts.



What I love about this project, as with all the projects by Mammalian…
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Added by Lianda Gibson on February 16, 2014 at 7:26am — No Comments

What is a polar vortex?

You've probably heard a lot about the polar vortex in recent weeks.  Here is a great, short article that will answer all of your questions.What is a polar vortex?

Added by SciJinks on February 10, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - January 2014

Forest Kindergarten newsletter – Jan. 2014 ©Erin Kenny 2014

 

January in the northwest was quite warm and we actually had some barefoot days. The temperatures have fooled the plant world into thinking it is spring: the pussywillows are in bloom, the nettles are ½ inch tall, new grass is sprouting, the elderberry buds are opening, hazelnut catkins are dangling and there are buds on many twigs. Evidence of spring is obvious in the animal world too as we have suddenly heard…

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Added by Erin Kenny on February 9, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Make a Mountain Out of A Mole Hill

This is my son on the tip top of Everest.  Or, that’s how I presented this little dirt hill outside of my daughter’s school.  One thing to remember is that exploring and appreciating nature doesn’t always have to be something big.  You don’t have to climb Everest to admire the view.  You don’t have to stand by a giant redwood to be…

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Added by Jessica O'Connor on February 7, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Sharing the Power: why teachers shouldn't answer every question

A sixth-grade girl waved me over to point out a small, puffy mushroom on the side of the trail. “It’s cool,” she breathed. “What is it?!”

I felt a sudden panic. Over the course of my environmental educator training, I had learned the names of countless mushrooms, trees and critters in this part of the western Connecticut forest, but I had never seen this type before. What was it? I had no…

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Added by Elissa Brown on February 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms. With Spring time just around the corn…

OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS

When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms.

With Spring time just around the corner, what better time to start thinking about creating an Outdoor Space or Classroom.…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 3, 2014 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Stories of Symbiosis

Scale Free Network has just published the art-science storybook 'The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon'.

This is the first story to emerge from the Microbial Symbiosis Storytelling Project.

As the name suggests, the project will tell stories about microorganisms (like bacteria, fungi and viruses) and the amazing intimate relationships they form with each other, and larger forms of life.

Our intention is to inspire children and adults to love our under-appreciated small…

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Added by Dr. Gregory Crocetti on January 30, 2014 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Teaching Stillness

Listen. What do you hear?  

Look.  What do you see?  

Breathe.  What do you smell?  

Touch.  What do you feel?

I continually ask my daughter to take a moment.  To…
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Added by Jessica O'Connor on January 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Visit E-Corps

Karan would like to invite you to visit the E-Corps site

Watch our Video About E-Corps - Meet our Crew!  …

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Added by Karan Barber on January 29, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments

Local Hikes

Jan. 27, 2014

We trekked Bear Canyon today and found cool, but ominous looking seed pods, fine sparkly dirt that Seamus wants to test with water to see if it will bond like clay, and we noticed all the things his instructor had talked about in Rocks class at the Natural History Museum; Boulders, pebbles, gravel, sand and silt to name a few...We had a nice discussion about the arroyo, the aquifer and why Bear Canyon was an important place to preserve and learn from.  Seamus noticed a…

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Added by Elisa on January 27, 2014 at 8:05pm — No Comments

The "Why" Behind the Blog

I am a nature-lover who wants to share that passion with my children. I am currently staying at home with my kiddos and am constantly looking for ways to maintain my…
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Added by Jessica O'Connor on January 27, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Chipper for Parks: RecycleCan ...Helps Support the Parks (link to activity print out)

Read how you and your kids can creatively support the parks!

“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…

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Added by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 12, 2014 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - Dec. 2013

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…

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Added by Erin Kenny on January 7, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments

Our World School ABQ No Child Left Inside

http://www.meetup.com/Our-World-School-Homeschool-Co-op

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…

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Added by Barbara MacFarlane on January 4, 2014 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

Christmas 1994 to Christmas 2013

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…

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Added by Ann Courcy on December 24, 2013 at 7:15pm — 1 Comment

Take It Outside: Go Sledding

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…

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Added by Ann Courcy on December 21, 2013 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

Snow Falls -- Solstice Magic With Kids

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…

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Added by Jane Valencia on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — 1 Comment

Environmental Education in the Flipped Classroom

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…

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Added by Elizabeth Milli on December 12, 2013 at 5:45pm — 2 Comments

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