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Danger Is My Middle Name: A Guide to Playing Adventurously

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

a guide to playing adventurously

The other day I asked a friend who treats kids for anxiety what she thought about free range parenting. She said, “Did you ever read that article in the Atlantic about the adventure playground where kids play freely without hardly any adult supervision? I love it.”

And she’s not alone. Experts say that allowing kids to engage in perceived dangerous activities helps them become well-adjusted adults. And having my kids become well-adjusted adults sounds pretty darn nice. Although truth be told, I’d settle for even marginally well-adjusted.

So in the spirit of playing adventurously, I’ve created a list of activities for all those out there who say, a little danger does a childhood good. (more…)

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On Marbling and Educational Trends

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

how to marble with shaving cream and a lesson in art and culture!

Well hello there! I’m hanging out over at PBS Parents sharing a technique for marbling and tying it in with a geography/art & culture/world history lesson. Basically, I’m kitchen sinking it, educationally speaking.

Hey, speaking of education, have you heard about the latest educational trend coming out of Finland? It’s called phenomenon teaching. Instead of organizing classes by traditional subjects (e.g., math, science, etc), students study topics in which many subjects are covered. Here’s a quote from an article about the shift:

“Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.”

Sounds intriguing and reminds me of the passion projects in the piece Deborah wrote about homework. I’m sure the world will be looking to see how it plays out for the Finns. At first glance, it sounds pretty awesome:

“We come across children playing chess in a corridor and a game being played whereby children rush around the corridors collecting information about different parts of Africa. Ms Jaatinen describes what is going on as “joyful learning”. She wants more collaboration and communication between pupils to allow them to develop their creative thinking skills.”

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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5 Things to Love

Friday, February 20th, 2015

things to love round up feb 20

How has your Friday been? I’ve spent most of mine pretending I’m not cold. I even photoshopped myself into other people’s pictures taken in warm locations. I may be going stir crazy. Let’s just say I empathize with Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining. How many days left until spring?

On the bright side, there’s been a lot to love on the internet this week! Let’s take a look at five of them: stories of adventures, dairy free goodness, scarves to keep warm, a grass roots campaign, heart to heart.

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5 Things to Love

Friday, February 13th, 2015

things to love round up feb 13

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope someone treats you well this February 14th—whether it’s your kids, significant other, a friend, or even a stranger. There’s so much to love out there when we look for it. Here are 5 things to love right now: people changing the world, a twist on selfie art, strong women, a valentine’s day jam, and love you can squeeze.

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Learn a New Skill – Table Top Photography Class (with Discount)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

table top photography class with giulia doyle

A friend was recently asked, “If there was one piece of equipment, digital tool/website, anything in particular that has made the biggest difference for your blog, what would you say it is?” (more…)

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5 Things to Love

Friday, February 6th, 2015

5 things to love round up feb 6

Feeling a bit nostalgic? Then this week’s installment of things to love is for you. It begins with a throw back feel. It includes great photos, a kid’s tee by a Baltimore-based designer, an adorable lion made by female artisans, our favorite tea, and prints for the home.

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5 Things to Love

Friday, January 30th, 2015

5 things to love right now - cookies, art, party animals, valentines and citrus scented sugar

I’m having so much fun with this 5 Things to Love column! This week we’re loving food, art, and fun. In my book, they’re the key ingredients to living well. Who’s with me?

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5 Things to Love

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

things to love round up jan 22

Last week, I shared that one of my goals for this year is to put more love into the world— love for people, places, things, words, etc. Today, I’m sharing five things I love right now. They celebrate loving where you live, a great story, a challenge, happy mail, and your skin.

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