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The Rice Rainbow

Coloring rice was the project of the day. White rice, water color paints, plastic bags, two teachers, and eight Explorers were the ingredients needed for this plan. Each child was asked, “What color rice would you like to make?” “Blue, yellow, … Continue reading

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Go Wild!

Go wild. It’s time. Summer vacation is in full swing at our house. With so much time together, occasionally, Stephen and Aurora get on each others nerves. One day last week, I heard one of the calls of summering children, … Continue reading

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A Quest for Fiddleheads

Fiddlehead ferns. We talk about harvesting them every year. Dave works with a guy, Claude, who every spring makes a trip to what we call Fiddlehead Island. He is a legend in our house. “Claude says there are so many … Continue reading

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A New Puzzle in the Explorers’ Classroom

  A new rainforest puzzle was recently introduced to the Explorer classroom. One of the best parts of working in an educational environment is that something as simple as a new puzzle can inspire lots of learning and collaboration. The … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines  I gave a hundred Valentines. A hundred, did I say? I gave a thousand Valentines one cold and wintery day. I didn’t put my name on them or any other words because my Valentines were seeds for February birds. Aileen … Continue reading

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Christmas 1994 to Christmas 2013

While looking through old photographs, I came across one that I had used for my Christmas card in 1994. My son William was two-years-old and in love with animals. He played with toy animals, we read stories about animals, and … Continue reading

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One Step at a Time

The summit of Mount Monadnock was our goal on a sunny summer day. Friday night we camped at Monadnock State Park at the foot of this popular mountain. Monadnock is said to be the world’s third most climbed mountain, behind Japan’s … Continue reading

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Birds All Year Round

“Ann, I saw a tufted titmouse at my feeder this morning.” “I saw a red-bellied woodpecker at my suet feeder.” “I saw a red-tailed hawk in a tree.” “Me too.” This is how I am greeted at school each morning. … Continue reading

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The Primal Scream

Hiking with children requires some planning: proper clothing, an attainable destination, and a bag of tricks. During a day-after-Christmas hike with my family, my son, William, an Eagle Scout and avid backpacker, taught me a new trick for my bag. … Continue reading

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