The Easiest Sprouts Ever (seriously)

My success in gardening and helping things grow has been marginal, at best. Which is pretty pathetic considering my grandparents were farmers and we always had a garden growing up.  So imagine my excitement to find an easy, quick, mess-free, edible growing experiment that even my 3-year-olds could handle. So happy.  You need  A clear…

An Invitation to Touch

We spent the morning at our local nature center. In addition to visiting the peacocks and feeding the goats, we went into the greenhouse. There, hidden in obscure corner, is a display of touchable plants.  There, visitors are encouraged to find leaves that are fuzzy, bumpy, rubbery, hard, smooth, and good-smelling. The educators at the…

It’s Not a Waste of Time

We have a problem in our culture. We prize being busy and productive over being present. We glorify worksheets, flashcards, and learning drills over time spent experiencing life with our little ones. When my oldest started reading at the age of 3, the question came over and over: how did I teach him? And they…

Teaching our kids how to look

Children are natural observers. They’re great at noticing differences and asking about them. Most parents have a story about the time their kid asked a stranger about a mole, pimple, or similar taboo topic. We want to harness this power and help our kids learn how to see. This morning, my three year olds and…