July, 2013

  1. New ideas

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    The purpose, for us, of going out into nature isn’t just to learn about nature.  It’s to open our minds. The other day, we were hiking up to a lake in the mountains, and though we noticed lichen on rocks and wildlife in hollowed out logs and streams that rolled down from mountain lakes, our…

  2. Letterboxing

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    We’ve recently begun letterboxing, and we have had so much fun so far! Here is the basic idea: Find a letterboxing site or app (boxfinder, clue tracker, and box radar are a few) to help you locate a letterbox, or a trail of letterboxes. Each child (and adult) needs a book (notebooks or bare books…

  3. Unintended consequences

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    “As the pace of life, especially for children, has quickened — as we have striven to improve schools, increase productivity, accumulate wealth, and provide a far more technological education — the consequences of our intentions are not always what we intend. Our lives may be more productive, but less intuitive.  In an effort to value…

  4. Even parents who wish to take a lower-key approach to child rearing fear slowing down when they perceive everyone else is on the fast track.  

    Kenneth R. Ginsburg, Pediatrics Journal, 2007