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 parents.com, earthclaendar.net, 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