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?
What I’ll be reading on the plane ride home. #NCTE18 @venkatraman.padma @nancyrosep
#HoustonStreetArt #StreetArt #NCTE18
Finished up my first #NCTE signing @charlesbridgepublishing booth a little while ago. Met some lovely educators. Even though I’m not in the classroom any more, and I now have my “writer’s tribe,” I will always think of teachers as my tribe. Teaching is in my blood. #NCTE18
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wows the crowd at #NCTE18 “What we think of as classic books is too limited. Dangerously limited.” #truth
I’m looking forward to serving on a panel with these fabulous ladies at #NCTE18 on Friday. Will I see you there?
#STEM #STEAM #nonfiction
Please do your civic duty and vote, too. Don’t let early projections make you think it doesn’t matter. Don’t let rain or storms keep you home. Please get to the polls. #gotv
When too many holds arrive at the library at the same time... must read faster. #tbr
Seen on my walk this afternoon. Autumn is here, even though it’s currently 69 degrees F.
Future Alvin Pilot.
Last night @lindsaymoorestudio tweeted this photo of her kiddo heading out for Halloween. She said “Flying Deep is a very big deal in our house.” I’m not gonna lie, that made me tear up.
That is the highest compliment I could ask for: a kid is so excited about my book that he was inspired to make a Halloween costume.
@woodshole_ocean... I think this kid will be heading your way in the not too distant future. #STEM #STEAM #thepowerofbooks
.@christinetaylorbutler did a load of research and number crunching. Her results proved what we already felt. Please listen to the podcast.