My kids and I are in San Francisco, CA for a special family event this week, so we've had lots of wonderful family time. Sunday, we also had some wonderful nature time. After three days of rain, Sunday brought bright warm, sunshine, so we walked down to Ocean Beach. This was completely unstructured time. To start, my kids did what any kid would do... race the waves and risk getting their feet wet. They also collected rocks and shells, wrote their names in the sand, and flew a small pocket kite. When my daughter first wanted to purchase a pocket kite at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC I was skeptical that it would fly. But we took it to the National Mall and found it worked as well as any other kite we had flown. Both of my kids now have one and they have been terrific for times like Saturday. All you need is a little open space, a small breeze, and some energetic kids.
In addition to the usual beach glass, seashells, and sand dollars we found on ocean beach, my sister found a fossil. You really cannot predict what you might discover when you pay attention in nature. We think it's a piece of a sand dollar. What do you think?
Sand dollar plus a fossil- possibly from a sand dollar
You don't need to spend lots of money or plan elaborate outings to enjoy nature, spend time with your kids or students, and create lasting memories. All you need is a willingness to get outside with them. One other great benefit: After getting so much exercise, my kids slept like logs.
One San Francisco mom I spoke to on Sunday told me she finds the beach the place she can best expose her kids to the wildness of nature. For my readers who live in the city, how do you keep nature in your kids' lives? What are your favorite places?
A little light reading for my next project. Trying to wrap my head around some complex acoustical oceanography work I learned about @woodshole_ocean yesterday. #STEM #STEAM #nonfiction #kidlit
Henna art and instrument painting has started! #WorldFiddleDay @southcoastlessons @hatchstreetstudios
Final practice before #WorldFiddleDay kicks off here at Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford in a little over an hour. Join us!
It turned into a gorgeous afternoon. First time writing in the porch. This view while working isn’t too bad. I love our Kwanzan Cherry. #amwriting
Ah, poison ivy, you look so beautiful in the early spring, but your leaves will bring me nothing but suffering if I touch you. And so, I admire you from a safe distance.
Having some pretty Irish style weather here in southeastern Massachusetts today. We finally found the rainbow we knew had to be around.
I love this photo of me and my mom waiting for the school bus for my first day of kindergarten. It’s funny that my dad took this shot from behind. Once my son started walking, I often found myself taking photos from behind of him walking with his dad. When my daughter was born, I did the same with her. There’s something so sweet about those shots.
It’s a “mom taxi” kind of afternoon. What’s this mom to do with 30 minutes between duties? Park by the ocean and type up notes from this morning’s planning session with @erinmdionne. #amwriting
I love this tree. My husband and I planted it with friends and family when we renewed our vows for our tenth anniversary. That was 19 years ago. It looks more spectacular every year. #nature
It’s teacher appreciation week. Seems like the perfect time to share a post I wrote about my favorite teacher on the occasion of her 85th birthday. That was in 2012. She surprised me at my book launch last May, 6 years later! I cried when I saw her. (That’s us in the photo along with @painternik9 at our launch). Read my post here: http://www.michellecusolito.com/blog/2012/05/tribute-to-mrs-clay.html?rq=Mrs.%20Clay