Well boys and girls, it's that time of year again when we're faced with choosing how many fine extra curricular clubs and activities to support. High School Teams, Girl Scouts, Rodeo, Jumping Rope for Diabetes.... After years of buying kudos from kiddos I've finally developed a spine and some personal [...]
Learning From Natures Gifts It's that time of year when our shopping list expands (and maybe a few other things too). Even though school may be on break, let's not forget the potential for learning to expand as well! Imagine if some of those things on your list were a [...]
"I know it's just a playground, but I love the way the kids are learning in their new space." Parent observer Can play offer more than just the opportunity to "blow off energy"? All too often play gets the short end of the stick, or should I say [...]
Your household, like mine, may be blessed with a furry companion. One that inherently wants to play, be loved, and love in return. These characteristics are shared amongst us two-leggeds as well. Like our pets, we too are born with a sense of curiosity, an innate ability to express our [...]
First grade students design their new school yard habitat. Wishing your new class would start off working together as well as these 1st graders? They are communicating using Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics skills to help design a bird habitat near their school grounds. Applied learning at [...]
Play and intrigue often go hand in hand outdoors It seems simple, right? Children are innately curious so playtime outdoors should be a natural fit. Surprisingly however, kids today are spending less and less time outdoors, replaced with over 7.5hrs in front of an electronic screen every day. [...]
The screens children spend over 7.5 hours a day plugged into get more use than the screen door that leads them to their abandoned back yard. The most recent two generations are more disconnected with nature than any previous to them. How did we get so far removed from a world we are so intricately dependent on? Technology has its time, place and benefits, however, at what cost?
Recent Bozeman Daily Chronicle articles on the Obama Administration's ‘Protecting The Great Outdoors’ initiative, controversial wildlife management strategies, Opinion letters on eliminating ‘Entitlement’ programs like parks, and kids going bonkers in the classroom w/o recess to play... are all reminders of how important the outdoors is to Montana’s livelihood and [...]