Arriving at our backyard “sit spot,” Jade and I didn’t have to wait long before the familiar chickadee duo appeared in a nearby thicket and began chirping happily. A male robin patrolling his territory wasn’t far behind, his pulsing crimson breast pumping out a gorgeous melody. Next to emerge, seemingly out of thin air, was a pair of song sparrows, who began a staccato of “seep-seep” calls. “I’m here.” “Yes, I’m here too.”
Suddenly, like a lighting strike, the calm morning…Continue
Added by Scott D. Sampson on December 31, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Once upon a time, harming a butterfly was a punishable crime. Hundreds of years ago, the Irish believed butterflies carried souls to heaven and interference was illegal. Ancient cultures worldwide have all cherished butterflies. Each butterfly lays it's eggs on a particular plant: Sulfurs choose Cassia.
It's impossible to count the different species of Sulfur butterflies. They fly in endless shades of white, yellow and orange. It's the result of massive hybridization; a unique feature…Continue
Added by Angela B Holland on December 28, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments
Twas the night before Christmas, All the animals stood
In the crisp peaceful silence, Of their home in the wood.
The trees towered in might, Their branches did clatter,
As the squirrels come out, Of their nests, pitter patter.
The deer came together, they met, they communed
And from beyond the hilltop, rose the…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on December 24, 2012 at 5:59am — No Comments
Three years ago I was introduced to a wonderful holiday celebration. Stephen was attending a great preschool and the holiday season was approaching. Notices came home saying that a Winter Walk was planned and parents were invited to join in. During the weeks prior to the walk-date the children strung popcorn and cranberries, dried fruit slices, covered pinecones with peanut butter and…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on December 24, 2012 at 5:56am — No Comments
Please look at this Children's nature education blog: lorejayg.blogspt.com
I love to watch small often…Continue
Each year, I plant amaryllis bulbs for the holidays. I plant them for my house and for gifts. The recipients of these gifts vary, but their reaction to these gifts do not. All—family, friends, teachers, co-workers—who receive one of these dramatic plants are delighted and curious. There is something magical about a flower growing in the middle of winter. And there is something amazing…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on December 18, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments
Check out this amazing video put together by our very own Christian Alvarado!!!
Christian Alvarado was introduced to the outdoors through the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings program at 15. Three years later he became a certified outdoor leader with Sierra Club and, at 19, part of the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Network. During this time he has traveled the country, camping,…Continue
Added by Juan D. Martinez on December 17, 2012 at 4:46pm — No Comments
"Never before in human history have children lived so remote from nature," said Louv at a Community Action Toward Children's Health event on Saturday at Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts.
"As computers take over more of our lives, it is so important to get kids outside for activity and play where they are engaged and use their imagination.…
Last Easter I was fortunate enough to spend a day at the Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery in Fife. It was one of those magical days which remain etched in my memory for many reasons. I was particularly bowled over by the numerous examples of literacy happening spontaneously. Very often, this is a concern raised by educators and parents... are the core skills being covered such as maths and language and if so, how, when children are…Continue
The call for inclusion of environmental education into our formal curriculum requirements has gained little ground for decades. However, with the advent of the web and digital technology, the parameters of possibilities have changed and children now have the world at their fingertips and environmental education delivered through digital media has the tremendous potential to transform their worldview.
Appreciation of the natural world was a high priority in my family and environmental…Continue
Added by Denise Dahn on December 4, 2012 at 10:54am — No Comments
I moved to Blaby Stokes Junior School in January 1965.
After a rocky start, and remembering my experience with Tiger at trinity Fields, things began to feel good in my classroom, filled with 40 fifth graders.
One Monday morning, the classroom atmosphere was highly charged with expectancy as the children sat in their seats.
“Well,” I asked my class, “anyone got anything to share from the weekend?” “Did you fill your…Continue
Added by John Paull on November 30, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments
Yesterday, I discovered a remarkable TED talk by David Roberts. Roberts is a blogger who writes about energy and politics for Grist. His aim in this 15-minute presentation, remixed with music and extra imagery, is to summarize and simplify the science of climate change. Just the facts ma’am. Now, I study fossils, not climate, so I’m not on a first-name basis with all the relevant data. Yet, given my understanding of current climatological consensus, Roberts has his facts…Continue
Added by Scott D. Sampson on November 29, 2012 at 3:41pm — No Comments
It was a sad fact that, in the seven years I attended grammar school, I had never met another Mr. Jones. I never had another shared precious amber moment. I know now I should have raised my hand more often, I should have asked more questions, and I should have concentrated more and been a better student.
However, I had done enough, it appeared, to be on my way to becoming a teacher.
In September, 1960, I began my three-year-long college career in Leicester, an industrial…Continue
Added by John Paull on November 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Join us for a glass of wine, or whatever you fancy, for our third online talk show and Facebook chat. We will be talking about recess. Topics will include: Recess punishment (teachers taking recess away from kids because they have not done their homework or behaved well). The different policies as to what inclement weather is, and how it varies from region to region in North America. Last we…Continue
Added by Kari on November 27, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments
Of course the most fascinating observation we have been making all month is the ebb and flow of our mud puddle. Before the rain returned, the mud puddle area was dry and dusty and the children explored the perfect dirt to water ratio for creating the ideal mud. When the rain first began, it was a drippy, misty rain and we observed black spots on the dry dirt which the children guessed correctly was caused by rain drops.
Once the fall rains began in earnest, the mud puddle re-filled…Continue
Added by Erin Kenny on November 26, 2012 at 1:02pm — No Comments
On my very first morning in St. Paul’s School, after morning assembly in the small school hall, at twenty past nine precisely, Mr. Jones welcomed me to class. Then he adjusted his tie, buttoned the middle button of his green corduroy sports jacket, and selected an unused piece of white chalk from the cardboard box sitting on the rim of the blackboard. He looked up at the top left of the board, and, slowly, squeakily, wrote the day and the month, followed by the work of the day on the…Continue
Added by John Paull on November 25, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments
Added by John Paull on November 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
On the day of my fifth birthday, Monday, July 14, a week before we broke up for the long summer holiday, I was really surprised when my dad, not my grandma, met me at the end of the school day. Dad had never picked me up from school before.
He was in his driver’s uniform so I knew he’d come straight from work. My stomach turned over – was something wrong? Was Grandma ill? Or, Mum? Was she ok?
Standing by the rusty iron fence, Dad smiled when he saw some of…Continue
Added by John Paull on November 25, 2012 at 10:18am — No Comments