After School Learning for Kids: Build a Nest


We thoroughly enjoyed watching this Bewick’s Wren (if my bird identification skills are correct) build a nest in the bird house we have on our little patio this past week! Unfortunately, it disappeared partway through the week, so I’m wondering if it decided that my kids were a little loud. It also kept trying to […]

Biology for Kids: An Afternoon with a Ladybug


The kids found our first ladybug of the year yesterday afternoon while we were out on a walk. They brought it home along with some rocks and clover that they used to build a little ladybug habitat. Then they spent a long time watching their ladybug crawl around – biology for kids at its finest! […]

Teaching Kids about Nature in an Urban Environment


When we moved from Massachusetts to California, we trading in our unbelievable half acre backing up onto woods yard for a concrete patio. It has been a big adjustment, and one of the ways the kids and I are coping is by starting a new tradition. Every Friday, we go find some open space where […]

National Geographic for Kids!

When I was a kid, my grandparents bought us all books every Christmas. All except for one of my brothers – he always got a subscription to National Geographic. We ALL loved his present – it was the gift that kept on giving all year long. Those magazines taught my siblings and I an awful […]

Afterschool: Learning About Lemons!

When we moved into our house a couple weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram, all excited because I thought we had an avocado tree! It only had a few fruits hanging in it, and from several feet below, on the ground, they looked like avocadoes. We finally decided to pick one to see […]