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​​To Think or Not to Think? In Nature There's No Question...

I recently posted a piece on FBook w/these images in relation to work I'm doing for the Functional Neurological Disorder Forum and several films (…

Added by Randy Eady on January 26, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

Spring time-Being Green

We are very excited to except this award for our 6th school year as a Michigan Green School.  This is our first year as an Evergreen status.  We received acknowledgment for 20+ points for our conservation efforts. 

Added by Suzanne Gabli on April 25, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments

Love Thy Nature

Knowing "it's extremely important to have a film depict more about the depth of how interconnected we are with everything around us" is filmmaker Sylvie Rokab's underscore of the theme of Love Thy Nature.

The documentary uses a transformative journey of the disembodied narrator (Liam Neeson) from cynic to enlivened advocate to make this point. Sapien, as the voiceover of humankind is known, begins to fill the blank space that represents the "root cause" of our climate change crisis:… Continue

Added by Randy Eady on November 9, 2014 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Jennifer Young Learning Goals June 2014 Trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy

My journey into the practices of Reggio Emilia, Italy so far has really changed how I view learning.  I love the idea of adults…

Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 18, 2014 at 5:40am — No Comments

Suzanne Gabli's learning goals for June 2014 trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

I am so excited to see a dream come true. This trip to Italy will give me a whole new depth of what it means to be Reggio Inspired. This has been a 10 year journey for me; reading books, articles, workshops, meeting some of the most amazing Reggio inspired Authors, Artists,…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 18, 2014 at 5:37am — No Comments

Building Blocks Preschool-Highland, MI -Educators will go to Reggio Emilia, Italy

This Friday, June 20, 2014, two of Building Blocks Preschools,…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Registration for the 2014 Manitoba Nature Summit has begun!

We are super excited to announce that we have begun registration for the 2014 Manitoba…


Added by Corine Anderson on April 18, 2014 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Weather? Whatever!

Whether the weather be fine

Or whether the weather be not.

Whether the weather be cold

Or whether the weather be hot.

We’ll weather the weather whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.…


Added by Elissa Brown on March 26, 2014 at 11:27am — 2 Comments

Keep Parental Adrenalin In Check

Sound faded away as my heart stopped.  I sucked in a breath so I could frantically yell, “Get down!  What are you doing?!”  My precious little boy was precariously balancing on a tree root, probably only millimeters thick.  This tiny root holding my 2-year-old was jutting out over angry water that was certainly miles deep and so cold hypothermia would set in instantaneously.  Is that gale force wind I feel?  Surely the next gust would cause my son to lose his already perilous…


Added by Jessica O'Connor on February 19, 2014 at 6:30am — 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…

Added by Jessica O'Connor on January 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Feeding the Ducks with Daddy

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Feeding the Ducks with Daddy

Added by Mudpie Mama on April 30, 2013 at 1:38am — No Comments

Our Very Hungry Caterpillars - Part I

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Added by Mudpie Mama on April 22, 2013 at 1:49am — No Comments

Building the Foundation for a Love of Learning.

Building the Foundation for a Love of Learning.

It is very exciting time at Building Blocks Preschool.  We just rolled out our new website and sharing our story.  We have been sharing our story but not getting our…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 17, 2013 at 7:55am — No Comments

Seeing Nature-Michigan Green School

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart. – Helen Keller

Being Green.  Thinking Green.  Outdoor Green.  Garden Green.…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 11, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Building Blocks Preschool-An Early Chidhood Learning Community

I am the founder and Executive Director of the Building Blocks Preschool. We are a year-round Nature based and Reggio Inspired preschool.

In 2004 my husband Joseph and I decided to invest in our children’s early childhood education and in the Huron Valley Community. Our school resides in a 100 year old farmhouse that backs up to over 5,000 acres Highland Recreation Area ( A State of MI Department of Natural Resources).

Our school believes it is critical that children have the…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on January 10, 2013 at 8:34pm — No Comments

In the beginning

Now that I have blogged my first experience as a young, struggling teacher discovering the power of children's innate curiosity, I think it would be appropriate to reflect on my childhood. Where did my lifelong insatiable curiosity about the natural world - and how children learn best - come from?

Again, I'm going to use an extract from my recent book, Through My Eyes: On becoming a teacher, to explain where my curiosity was encouraged and…


Added by John Paull on November 24, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Tipping Point for The New Nature Movement

In his national best selling book “The Tipping Point” author Malcolm Gladwell discusses a few reasons that some products and ideas become huge success stories and others do not. Mr. Gladwell argues that at some point in time "an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire."  Successful products or ideas that spread over a wide demographic do so not because of the direct actions of their creators but because they happened to catch the attention of…


Added by Nkrumah Frazier on September 24, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

"Down to Earth" Foot Whispering in Holland and Germany

The Foot Whisperer & Therapeutic Gardens:  Holland & Germany…


Added by Randy Eady on July 3, 2012 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Integrating Nature to Regain Life's Equilibrium

In the Nature as Therapy group of CN&N Christine Hohlbaum notes in her Nature as Healer comment:  "It is my understanding (and my own experience) that nature has many healing properties. . . For instance, it has been scientifically proven that taking a walk in the forest can…


Added by Randy Eady on May 7, 2012 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

The Importance of Early Childhood Nature Connection: A Bootfull of Pollywogs

Sunshine and springtime were rare bedfellows where I grew up. One day when I was four, my mother took me into the forest a few blocks from home. She had heard that the “Frog Pond," as it was known, was brimming with tadpoles. Cinching the deal that fateful day were scattered, caressing rays of sun . . .

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Added by Scott D. Sampson on March 31, 2012 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

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