Children & Nature

November 19th, 2011

Art in the Garden!

Our school’s Art Teacher, Miss Chiddo introduced the 2nd grade class to art of Georgia O”Keefe and then asked the class to do their own paintings of the fall flowers in the school garden. 


June 30th, 2011

The Enchanted Backyard

A favorite part of parenting has been watching children discover and explore the world around them. It is an invitation to step out of our daily routines, see our surroundings with new eyes and reclaim a sense of wonder. For ideas in creating discovery areas in your own backyard check out my latest article on [...]


March 26th, 2011

Schoolyard Habitat Hunt

As part of their science curriculum this semester, 3rd grade explored the habitat of the schoolyard and its native plant garden to hunt for sources of food, water, shelter and places for wildflife to raise its young.  The Habitat Hunt lesson plan was modified by splitting the class into four groups to hunt as either insects, [...]


November 20th, 2010

Chesapeake Grown Christmas Gifts

With our family’s efforts to eat more  local sustainably produced foods from within our Chesapeake Bay watershed, it made sense to see if there were gift options made with local sustainably grown or raised products.  In this December’s issue of  Washington Parent Magazine, my article Homemade Gifts for Crafty Kids  on page 26, highlights a number of those gift [...]


Driven by our tastebuds and stomach, one summer sojourn our family will make is to explore the variety of foods grown locally or caught by watermen throughout the state of Maryland.  Our travel guide will be Lucie L. Snodgrass’s new book Dishing Up Maryland.  I attended her book signing last night with my friend Anne, and [...]


  I have been doing some freelancing for Washington Parent Magazine.   The first article is in the June publication and lists five venues a little off the beaten track, and ready for exploring here in the mid-atlantic.   Here is the link to the article. Just Beyond the Beltway a Short Ride to Summer Adventures.   Enjoy and look for [...]


This a bit of a synopsis of how our backyard became a busy place for the kids to get their hands in the earth and engage in nature.  The backyard was initially  covered with shade until we removed an aging diseased tree. Once the yard was receiving sunlight all day long, the boys and I commenced digging a [...]


One of the unanticipated joys of working in the garden had been creating areas that engage the imagination. At times I intentionally identified a  space but more often than not the kids were inspired to create a spot of their own.  For example, the kids have claimed a corner of the yard behind the vegetable [...]


November 11th, 2009

Backyard Birthday Elves

I never thought I would mourn a tree- but all of us in the family expressed sadness as the huge maple that towered above our home and defined our backyard was taken down.  We explored all sorts of ways to keep the tree, but it had weakened on one side and was being eaten from [...]


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