Being ‘green’ is not just a fad

As I continually integrate nature learning into my coursework at Washburn, I am finding that some young adults today have what has been termed ‘biophobia’ or the idea that what is in the natural world is yucky and scary, and may even associate fear of death with the wilderness.  It is this socio-behavioral shift that…

Stop Surfing

As a toddler teacher, I sometimes find myself grasping for lesson themes and activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children.  I have spent countless hours cruising sites like,, toddler topics, whatever Google pulled up.  One gets tired of the same old fingerpainting and ‘Goodnight Moon’  Today I got lucky, and my surfing…

Kids Can

A 3 year old and a 5 year old know how to sort items, and enjoy tossing recyclables into dumpters. “For every task that must be done there is an element of fun.  Find the fun, and snap! the job’s a game!” -Mary Poppins

Sid the Science Kid

This PBS show is an excellent resource for parents and young children to begin science learning.  PBS  Kids is an  interactive site where children can play games and parents can get more info about young child learning.

Position: Parent

Job Description: Long-term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.  Candidates must possess excellent communication and organization skills and be willing to work various hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts on call.  Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends…