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?
#RochesterLife 63: Woodchucks.
On a farm, they’re dangerous. If a tractor wheel goes into a hole, the tractor or wagon could tip and endanger the farmers. When I was a kid, my grandfather was on top of the hay wagon when it hit a hole. He fell about ten feet when it rolled over.
Here in my back yard, however, it’s fun to watch them twitch their little noses and nibble weeds while I drink my morning coffee. #nature #ruralliving
New Bedford, MA at #HatchStreetStudios, home of a bunch of amazing visual and performing artists, including @southcoastlessons
#RochesterLife 62: Raspberry Jam.
Made by my mom and sister with berries picked by my kids, niece, and nephew. (And this is only our share of the bounty!) #yummy #RuralLiving
Woods Hole Draw Bridge.
I was in Woods Hole today to do some early research for a new project. I’m just digging into this one, so I won’t be sharing any details, yet.
I also signed copies of #FlyingDeep at the @woodshole_ocean Science Discovery Center. They have plenty on hand, as does @eight_cousins_books if anyone is seeking signed copies. #STEM #STEAM
A little snippet from yesterday’s Old Time Fiddle Session at Brick (wood-fired pizza) in New Bedford, MA. Thanks to Jeff Angeley from @southcoastlessons for organizing. #livemusic #familyfriendly
Seeing my book on display will never get old.
And look, @skortch ... yours, too! #FlyingDeep #STEM
Here are some images from my program at the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library on Monday. We had a nice mix of familiar faces and new kiddos who attended. These first few pictures feature kids examining the 3-D printed model of the sphere that keeps people safe inside Alvin. Others show kids peeking out the Alvin view port or listening to me read and share insider details. #STEM #STEAM #KidLitWomen #Epic18
Tagging @charlesbridgepublishing and @painternik9
Gorgeous sky yesterday.
#RochesterLife 61: Cervelli Farm. I’m so happy every year when Cervelli Farm stand re-opens each May. Today’s purchases included local tomatoes, corn on the cob, and Great Hill Blue Cheese (made in the next town). #buylocal #nofarmsnofood #locavore
My “office” for a few hours today. Yes, I kayaked a little and floated a little, but I DID get some work done, too. I set-up my research notebook for a new project and read a bit of one of my resources. I didn’t get as much work done as I would have at home, but it’s been pretty busy around here and the break was nice. I’m home now and back to reading. #amwriting #amresearching