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Entries in the outdoors (6)

Monday
Sep212009

Ribbon Cutting at Whole Earth Montessori in Bothell, WA

What a great day at the Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Whole Earth Montessori School in Bothell, WA. Their new construction is "built green" and uses solar powered energy! A school that seeks to nourish the environment in so many ways.

Check it out:

Wednesday
Aug192009

Children's book on Insects

While on vacation and browsing through REI in Portland, I found this great children's book on insects entitled: "Bugs for Lunch"

ENJOY!!!

Saturday
Jul182009

A sobering simulation

As Montessorians, we have both the privilege and obligation to share with children and parents, the awesome responsibility to care for our planet. Today's post takes you to a simulation that visually staggering as we consider the richness of the earth and our care for it. Check out:

http://www.breathingearth.net/

Be sure to scroll down the entire page for more information.
Let me know what you think.

Saturday
Jun272009

New Urbanism: Rooftop Farming

There are several ways for us to make a difference in our children's lives. Perhaps this video will stir some imagination on how we can help our children see the earth as alive and a part of who we are!

http://www.babelgum.com/html/clip.php?clipId=3021540

Enjoy and Learn...!

Thursday
Jun042009

Environment and Children: Interview with Rebecca Mottano

This interview was with Rebecca Mottano, educator, environmentalists, and author. You can find her on the web at: http://thelittleenvironmentalists.com

Tuesday
May262009

Camping with Children: Ten Commandments

Here in the states, school being out is just around the corner and for many, camping is either a family ritual or many would like to try it but want help on how to make it a rewarding experience for children. So here are some tips called the 10 Camping Commandments that I gather from Gorp.Away.com


1. Trips with children should be to places where there is a guarantee of action. A good example is camping in a park where large numbers of wildlife can be viewed, such as squirrels, chipmunks, deer and even bear. Other good choices are fishing at a small pond loaded with bluegill, or hunting in a spot where a kid can shoot a .22 at pine cones all day. Boys and girls want action, not solitude.
2. Enthusiasm is contagious. If you aren't excited about an adventure, you can't expect a child to be. Show a genuine zest for life in the outdoors, and point out everything as if it is the first time you have ever seen it.
3. Always, always, always be seated when talking to someone small. This allows the adult and child to be on the same level. That is why fishing in a small boat is perfect for adults and kids. Nothing is worse for youngsters than having a big person look down at them and give them orders. What fun is that?
4. Always show how to do something, whether it is gathering sticks for a campfire, cleaning a trout or tying a knot. Never tell— always show. A button usually clicks to"off" when a kid is lectured. But they can learn behavior patterns and outdoor skills by watching adults, even when the adults are not aware they are being watched.
5. Let kids be kids. Let the adventure happen, rather than trying to force it within some preconceived plan. If they get sidetracked watching pollywogs, chasing butterflies or sneaking up on chipmunks, let them be. A youngster can have more fun turning over rocks and looking at different kinds of bugs then sitting in one spot, waiting for a fish to bite.
6. Expect young peoples' attention spans to be short. Instead of getting frustrated about it, use it to your advantage. How? By bringing along a bag of candy and snacks. Where there is a lull in the camp activity, out comes the bag. Don't let them know what goodies await, so each one becomes a surprise.
7. Make absolutely certain the child's sleeping bag is clean, dry and warm. Nothing is worse than discomfort when trying to sleep, but a refreshing sleep makes for a positive attitude the next day. In addition, kids can become quite scared of animals at night. The parent should not wait for any signs of this, but always play the part of the outdoor guardian, the one who will "take care of everything."
8. Kids quickly relate to outdoor ethics. They will enjoy eating everything they kill, building a safe campfire and picking up all their litter, and they will develop a sense of pride that goes with it. A good idea is to bring extra plastic garbage bags to pick up any trash you come across. Kids long remember when they do something right that somebody else has done wrong.
9. If you want youngsters hooked on the outdoors for life, take a close-up photograph of them holding up fish they have caught, blowing on the campfire or completing other camp tasks. Young children can forget how much fun they had, but they never forget if they have a picture of it.
10. The least important word you can ever say to a kid is "I." Keep track of how often you are saying "Thank you" and "What do you think?" If you don't say them very often, you'll lose out. Finally, the most important words of all are: "I am proud of you."