My children choose to read math books and study the pros and cons of the current presidential election candidates in their free time. Getting them to play outside - especially for an extended period - can be a challenge. This is especially true since our current outdoor space at home is a concrete patio. I have learned that, if I can get them outside thinking creatively, they … [Read more...] about Creative Nature Design Challenge for Children: What Can You Make with Nature?
Has spring arrived where you live yet? I love seeing blossoms on trees. Then they fall to the ground and it looks like snow. It's the closest thing to snow you'll find here in Silicon Valley! The sidewalks near our condo were covered with blossoms. Three-year-old Anna and I took a bowl out and scooped a bunch in for fun and easy spring sensory play. Easy Spring Sensory Play … [Read more...] about Easy Spring Sensory Play Idea
The United States is full of incredibly beautiful public lands that are there for everyone to enjoy. It is also incredibly important to preserve these lands! This school year, 4th graders and members of their families are invited to visit federal lands and waters for free! This privilege also includes home-schooled and free-choice learners and members of their families.You can … [Read more...] about Visiting Muir Woods
The year I turned eight years old, I went to a school that had a huge open field my parents used to take us to to fly kites on the weekends. I don't remember doing much actual kite flying myself, but I loved watching others hold the kite string with the kite high up in the sky. This post includes affiliate links. Frustration Free Kites for Kids that Really Fly Johnny made … [Read more...] about Let’s Go Fly a Kite: Kites for Kids that Really Fly
The kids found this Toyon plant in full fruit near our condo, and decided to use its fruit and some of the super-sized pine cones they love to collect to create colorful bird feeders. I am always a little wary of kids picking unknown plants, so I did a little research. It turns out that this is the Toyon plant. Toyon is more commonly known as Christmas berry and California … [Read more...] about Nature Bird Feeder or Fall Centerpiece