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Kingdom of Loose Parts: Norwegian free-play in natural settings

To be honest, I’ve spent a fair deal of this past year observing Norwegian children playing in nature. Picking berries, building shelters, “selling” all varieties of stone and pinecone merchandise in imaginary boutiques. There is romping and clambering. Clothes get muddy.

When I recently stumbled upon this excellent Slate article by Emma Marris,…

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Added by Elissa Brown on May 30, 2014 at 2:19am — 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.…

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

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

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

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