May 23, 2018

There are so many benefits to nature play-- the unrestricted outdoor play that's so frequently missing from the lives of today's hyper-scheduled, plugged-in children.  Today's parents are nostalgically looking back at their own childhoods and thinking about how it doesn't resemble the modern day lives of children in the least.  Yet, the benefits of nature play are increasingly documented through research.  I touched upon these benefits in my last post called Nature Play-- Its Importance and Why You Need to Be Present, which you can read here.

The problem is that sometimes, our children-- who are...

November 5, 2017

If your kids are very young and need a bit of motivation for your hike or if you are new to hiking and worried they will become bored, a scavenger hunt is just the remedy. 

You’ll easily have your children searching for the next item on the list, and you’ll have lots to talk about as you look and find new things.  They will be building their awareness of the natural world and combatting plant-blindness without even realizing it.  It’s an old teacher trick to get kids to learn and to do things all while thinking they are just playing a fun game…!

Scavenger hunts are great for all ages.  We all know kids love them.  Adults seem...

October 28, 2017

Need a surefire gift with educational potential to please a 3-6 year old?  Look no further than the VTech KidiZoom camera(Opinions are completely my own. I'm sharing this product because I love it and think you will, too. This is not a sponsored post!)

I first saw this camera on a Somerville Community Pathway urban wike with a few friends.  One friend brought along her four year old son, and he brought along his Kidizoom camera.  When he saw something interesting, his mom encouraged him to take a photo of it.  He was interested in the two types of bees he saw around flowers: they looked different.  Why?  We showed him tha...

August 9, 2017

One of the things I can’t wait to do on this blog is offer concrete ideas to use while wiking and exploring the outdoors with your children or students.   I’m a full-fledged experienced and licensed elementary school teacher with a master’s degree in instructional design, a nature enthusiast, and a mom, so you can expect that any idea I suggest will be a high quality learning activity or experience.  That's a promise.

Here are the some of the qualities I’m looking for in any of the ideas I recommend:

  

Engaging. I want the activities that I recommend to you to engage your children in the natural...

August 6, 2017

I usually agree with Miley Cyrus on one thing (and one thing only): “It’s the climb.”  But sometimes… it’s really the view.  The view from the top of Great Blue Hill on a clear day is absolutely spectacular.  The entire hike is enjoyable; the climb is pretty fantastic… but the view?  It’s the view. (Use your best Miley voice to sing that last sentence!)

The hike to the top of Great Blue Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA can be summited from a few points.  We chose to start at Trailside Museum, a popular starting point.  Up and back, it’s about a mile hike with 430 feet of elevation gain.  It’s s...

August 2, 2017

Have you been “rocking,” yet?  It’s a craze beginning to sweep the country!  I’ve been sort of obsessed with acts of “secret” kindness since I was a kid.  When you do something nice for someone without telling them who it was, it gives you a rush.  “Rocking” is just that: it’s a secret act of kindness.

Kids can learn a lot about kindness from performing secret acts of kindness.  They learn that you don’t always have to get credit for something, that the act of giving a gift is just as fulfilling as the act of getting a gift, and that being kind isn’t just a means to an end.  

I’m going to tell you all...

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.

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