I love Laura Numeroff’s stories, and the kids do too! In her predictable, yet amusing pattern, the characters begin with one activity, which inevitably leads to another, then another, then another, till you’re right back where you started again. Whether it’s the mouse with the cookie, the pig with the pancake, the moose with the muffin, or one of their many friends, kids learn to expect the unexpected!
I’ve been having some fun telling people I shared a speaking engagement with Steve Spangler over the weekend. Technically it is true, though Steve and I never actually met. He was the keynote speaker at an early childhood education conference where I taught one of the breakout sessions.
As parents and caregivers, the safety of our children is our highest priority. We ask them to wear their helmets while biking, to look before they leap, and we remind them again and again of the proper procedures for crossing the street. We want them to be safe. That’s reasonable and responsible. But, as it is easy to do, we sometimes go a bit overboard on our efforts to protect our children. In the long run, some of our efforts can backfire. Continue reading
Richard Louv wrote Last Child in the Woods almost 8 years ago. I first read it (actually listened to it) back in 2008, and as luck or providence would have it, I began to reread it recently on a family trip to Zion National Park. It was the perfect backdrop for diving back into this motivating call to reconnect children (and ourselves) with nature.