In Nature with Children: 10 Ways to Spark a Sense of Adventure

In Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble’s, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places, two influential outdoor education advocates write about the deep connection that children forge with the environment, natural and...

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Earth Day Challenge

Like all other holidays, Earth Day comes and goes. We all get a few emails about buying sustainable clothing and earth-friendly cleaning products or joining a march or parade for the planet. The depictions of people living fully...

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Books Featuring Gender-Nonconforming and Transgender Children

“There are lots of ways to be a boy. There are lots of ways to be a girl. There are lots of ways to be a kid.  Be who you are.” —Brooke Pessin-Whedbee in Who Are You?

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What Universal Design for Learning Looks Like: A Teacher's Perspective

When people think of Universal Design they tend to think of those not-quite-ubiquitous-enough ramps built into sidewalks that permit access to folks with wheelchairs, walkers, and baby strollers. This idea was first pioneered by ...

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Picture Book Biographies of Inspirational Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve created a list of compelling picture book biographies that celebrate women’s accomplishments. Don’t be misled by the illustrations and format—these books provide entertainment and...

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Benefits of Outdoor Education in the Digital Age

I recently saw an internet meme that said, “...if you ever want to know what a teacher’s mind feels like, imagine a web browser with 2,879 tabs open. All. The. Time.” Though I couldn’t agree more, I don’t feel like this is unique...

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How Can I Help My Child Repair a Friendship?

When my daughter was in third grade, a close friend (let’s call her Susie) announced that she was no longer her friend. My daughter, still a bit shell shocked and confused, talked about it before bed time (after silently holding...

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Establishing Routines that Work for Young Readers

"How do I get my child to read?" “My child rarely picks up a book." "If it’s not technology based, my child is not interested!" "My child used to read all the time but not anymore." If you’ve ever said any of these things, you’re...

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Keeping a Love of Reading Alive

“If we teach a child to read but fail to develop a desire to read, we will have created a skilled nonreader, a literate illiterate.” —Kylene Beers

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Outdoor Activities for All Types of Weather

When having dinner with a few friends who had just moved to the DC area from California, I asked them how they were acclimating to their new home. “The weather has taken some getting used to,” one friend admitted. The table...

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