Nature Feed

April 23rd is William Shakespeare's birthday (1564) and World Book Day, so below I have put together our favorite 🌸Spring and🌱nature-inspired books with links to hands-on activities. A closer 🔍look at our 🌸Spring 🌱Nature 📚Books (top left to right): My First Discoveries Series with its transparent pages add a new... Read more →

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While most adults do not have a deep affection for bugs, children, on the other hand, spend hours in a backyard flipping over rocks and inspecting blades of grass in search of the coolest caterpillars and tiny crawlers. And little ones are smart to befriend bugs since without little creature... Read more →

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Today, we are learning about the water cycle by making a terrarium and simulating rain, while understanding a very basic concept of how clouds hold water. Did you know that the amount of water on Earth is finite and has been the same since the early formation of the Earth?... Read more →

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Spring is celebrated in Epcot with brilliant blooms, vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats, walkways and interactive playgrounds. The park boasts with more than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries. Interactive playgrounds are build just for this event. Tomatoes. Vertical Gardens. I had never seen such a breathtaking display of flowers and... Read more →

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When Adrian woke up this morning, he recited a part of his Winter Poem: "Snowflakes dance throughout the night, when I open my eyes, the world is white!" (See a post here.) And indeed it was:) We usually do not get snow in March, and to see all the buds... Read more →

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Blooming tress while snow is on the ground? Spring can not be that early! Groundhog better not see its shadow tomorrow. We just had snow, and while taking a nature walk, we saw buds thickening, little yellow flowerets emerging, trees blooming! How is it possible? We are in the Northern... Read more →

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My children are captivated by🌨snow! So, to explore our natural affection, we are learning about mysteries of fascinating snowflakes by reading about them and by exploring the subject hands-on through snowflake crafts. First, we observe and admire. Then we read ... The Secret Life of a Snowflake book (buy here)... Read more →

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One of the central tenants of Montessori philosophy is the connection of children with nature. Maria Montessori placed a great emphasis on nature and nature education. "Children are inherently connected to nature and fascinated by living things; there is a significant body of research discussing the benefits of children interacting... Read more →

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Today, we had more unexpected snow🌨! Saturdays, Julia has her ballet class in the morning, so we got to enjoy a snowy ride, and then we spent the entire day outdoors! In the morning, we came across this beautiful bush with red berries! The contrast was so vibrant! "Only veins... Read more →

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We were pleasantly surprised to wake up to a fresh feathery blanket of❄️️snow! The sight of falling snow is magical, but the magic continues once snowflakes have landed since the sparkle and glitter are simply amazing once the sun shines on them! Snowflakes have a striking hexagonal symmetry and each... Read more →

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This morning, I was dropping Julia off to school, and I saw this beautiful frost-covered equestrian field, with horses covered with winter blankets in the background. I could not resist but to capture this moment. We are not as fortunate as other parts of the world with having a lot... Read more →

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Summer, Fall, Winter ... I felt like we experienced all the three seasons in two days! Yesterday, was warm and sunny, and while taking a walk, we stumbled on these beautiful summer flowers ... Today, we had our 1st snow! Not a lot, but enough for Julia's Nutcracker ballet performance. Read more →

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Recently, we have been very blessed with warm and sunny days. Usually, by the middle of November, all the foliage has fallen, revealing the serenity of bare branches. This year, however, we are still admiring all the beauty of the Fall. We have been talking about seasons with Adrian. In... Read more →

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With all the vibrant Fall colors around us, Adrian expressed a wish to paint an Autumn tree. To prepare, we read books about Trees, talked about their composition, and looked at different types of trees. Adrian is using artist-grade Watercolor Paints, Washable Watercolors, and these paintbrushes. We read Woods and... Read more →

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Today, we were picking red and yellow raspberries (Pick Your Own) at a nearby farm. The farm's pamphlet said: "conditions for picking are excellent", but a lot of raspberries were either picked already or still green. However, for a child, it is the process that brings true satisfaction, not the... Read more →

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Although it is not officially Fall until September 21st, we can already feel the autumn in the air: the crisp morning air, the leaves graciously dancing as they fall in front of our windows, the earlier sunsets, the cooler temperatures. This Sunday morning, children were happily cuddling with Daddy on... Read more →

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Today, we are utilizing some of our traditionally recognized methods of perception, or sense: The Sense of Smell, Sight, and Touch. Sense of Smell Kids could not believe the aroma peony flowers diffuse! They could not smell them enough :) Sense of Sight Looking, observing, exploring ... finding an ant!... Read more →

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"Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight. It is therefore easy to interest them in taking care of plants ... Nothing awakens foresight in a small child, who lives as a rule for the passing moment and without care... Read more →

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This morning, we were pleasantly surprised to see a fresh feathery blanket of ❄️snow. I felt like I was in Narnia Winter Wonderland! Exactly two weeks ago, we had a blizzard, which brought us about three feet of snow. However, the whipping winds and snow that was too deep to... Read more →

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