How Exercise Optimizes the Learner and the Brain


John Ratey, an energetic doctor who is the author of the bestseller Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, talked to a group of 1000 educators from across the U.S. about the importance of exercise in the lives of kids. Not just because exercise gets kids to expend energy and gets their…

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Project Wild Thing and See Jane


Hi everyone!  Today I have one last plea from guest blogger/filmmaker David Bond who is trying to raise funds for Project Wild Thing.  He makes some good points about getting kids back outside.   I know he appreciates your interest! I have also included a short video from Upworthy’s post “Wonder Woman and I Want to…

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Project Wild Thing


I recently received an e-mail from Free-Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy about an independent filmmaker who is making a documentary about MARKETING nature to kids and parents. Since it meshed nicely with what I posted last time about connecting with nature, I thought I’d pass the information on to you. If you’d like to become…

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Thankful for Nature

girls log

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all we have: our families, our friends, our homes, and our possessions. We usually think of possessions as physical items (my laptop!), but we also possess health, jobs, talents, privileges and dreams. Another thing we possess is awareness, and this year I am especially grateful for my…

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The Best Playground Ever

James making fort

A few years ago, a 4 year old girl named Cady, who was in my preschool classroom, was sitting rather glumly in the art area. I asked her what was bothering her. She said, “I wish our playground was more funner.” I asked her to tell me what she meant by funner, and she proceeded to tell…

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