5 ways to make use of your child’s rabbit trails

I am a public school teacher. Few people would argue against the idea that public schools tend to treat learning a linear and compartmental thing. By the time most of us are adults, we have become ingrained in the habit of learning that way. The truth of the matter is that learning […]

Lessons from the moon: Full moon

Tomorrow is the full moon. It will rise near sunset and set near sunrise. We have now gone full cycle in our moon watching.

The moon has always been important and fascinating to people. For many years it was the main calendar tool and the way people tracked the changing season. There are several calendar […]

Lessons from the moon: 1st quarter, 5 kids books about the night.

This week is all about books. Books that you can share with your children. Books about the moon, the stars, and feelings about the night. I believe that reading to kids is a gateway to connection and imagination. Few people have been to the moon and, so far, none have been beyond it but, like […]

Lessons from the Moon: The New Moon

Remember how our moon phases work. At this point in its orbit around the earth the moon is in such a position that all of the light of the sun is reflected away from the earth and back towards the sun. In addition, the moon rises with the sun and sets with the sun. Tomorrow, […]

Lessons from the Moon: Fourth Quarter

Image: Copyright NASA

The moon has been a source of fascination for people through out time. Every culture has stories about it that explain its existence, why it passes through phases, and that tell what might happen to people at different times in its cycle. The term lunatic comes from the belief […]

Sound and smell

We are a sight dependent species. Although there are other species, and eagle for example, who could make our quality of vision seem paltry, we rely heavily on site. Further, in this technologically miraculous age, we often have gadgets in front of our faces and or covering our ears. We forget to connect with the […]

Raggedy garden.

My butterfly garden is a small affair. And, as it is transitioning from spring to summer it is also a ragged affair. The spring plants, which do well in the cool are looking weedy and brown. The dill is going to seed. And if I don’t give it constant attention, it threatens to be overwhelmed […]

Saving Butterflies

Two articles from Science Daily inspired me to focus on butterflies this week. Article on focused on the difficult winter that Monarch butterflies faced in their wintering grounds in Mexico, this year. The weather was cold and wet. This, along with habitat destruction threatened the overwintering butterflies. The second article focuses on creating butterfly oases […]

Getting close to nature: to touch or not to touch?

I recently read an article that was published in The Independent (linked at the end of this post). The author talks about the trend to reconnect children to nature. He also talks about the limits we place on kids connecting with nature. He calls it “the don’t touch culture”. As I read it, the author […]