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?
Irish Trad Seisiun at #WorldFiddleDayNB.
Hatch Street Studios @southcoastlessons
Painting old instruments to decorate the South Coast Lessons studio space. #WorldFiddleDayNB
The New Time String Band at #WorldFiddleDayNB
Aren’t these the cutest? These are the cups that went down on the outside of Alvin to 4400 meters. The intense pressure shrunk them. @painternik9 drew the Dumbo Octopuses and I colored them in. We also signed our names and marked off 1 inch so you can see how much they shrunk. You can see them at the #FlyingDeep launch party @8cousinsbooks in Falmouth, MA at 2 pm TODAY (5/19). @jillcorc @charlesbridge
It’s been a whirlwind of a day and I have so much to share. For now, I’ll start with this: Bruce Strickrott and I were on “The Point” with Mindy Todd on our local public radio station to talk about Flying Deep. I started out feeling a bit nervous, but Mindy and Bruce put me at ease. I could talk about Alvin all day, so I had a blast. #FlyingDeep
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Here’s the latest remote controlled airplane made by my son @dantecusolito. He designed it and built it himself. Watch for the parachute that drops out at the 9 second mark. Watching this test flight yesterday was pretty exciting. #STEM #STEAM
I took this photo the other day, but it seems like a good one to share on Mother’s Day.
My husband and I planted this tree on our 10 year anniversary when we renewed our vows surrounded by our family and closest friends. That was before we became parents, but now the tree is in full bloom every Mother’s Day.
#nofilter #HappyMother’s Day
These are one of my mom’s favorite flowers. They’re also the favorite flower of the subject of the picture book biography I currently have out on submission. #TopSecretSubject (Unless you’re an editor who has it in your inbox. Haha). #SpringIsHere
Look! That’s me, delivering our cups to WHOI a couple of weeks ago. Swipe left a few times to see the cups getting ready to go to the seafloor and then tiny once they came back. So cool! All photos provided by @WHOI . Photos 1 -3 are courtesy of Tom Kleindinst @woodshole_ocean
You could be the lucky recipient of one of those cups if you preorder Flying Deep from @8cousinsbooks http://www.michellecusolito.com/my-books/
Review of Flying Deep From @sljournal "A captivating story that introduces and encourages scientific study, specifically the field of oceanography. A great addition to STEM collections." #FlyingDeep #nonfiction #kidlit @WHOI @charlesbridge @painternik9