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National Pollinator Week is not Just for the Bees! A Pollinator Booklist

Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It\’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. Most of the time when we hear the word \”pollinator,\” we automatically think of bees. But, did you know, that birds, bats, butterflies, beetles, …

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Did You Know? Fun Facts About Hans Christian Andersen

In the past, April the 2nd has been chosen to mark this day for young literature lovers because its the same date as Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. As the author of many famous children’s stories like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Andersen is a well-known name in the world of classic children\’s books. His …

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A summer reading solution for reluctant readers

Yay summer! Bring on the sun, fun, and FREEDOM! As adults, we can completely understand our youngster\’s reluctance to do any sort of \”school-y\” things during the off-season; but we also have a responsibility to keep little minds sharp. Not long ago, the AP blog shared some great info on offering up books that pique …

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Two Books for the Appreciators of Simple Living

In a recent New York Times article, writer Kevin Roose noted a new trend that seemed to be sweeping the nation. The working class, after the last year+ of pandemic worries and job loss, are reevaluating their lives and opting for simplicity and flexibility over excess and 60-hour workweeks. With self-employment on the rise and …

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Folding and Poem-ing: National Poetry Month Activities for Kids

National Poetry Month is almost here! Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. Various events are held throughout the month by the Academy of American Poets and other poetry organizations With this in mind, I decided to share two amazing ways to keep …

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A Spring of Foxes | Their Presence a Wonderment

We hear them at night and see them running through our forest. In the early morning hours, we spot them quietly moving through our yard. As Hulda gets ready to have a family of her own,  I never tire of seeing, observing, or interacting with them. Their presence here is a wonderment. ~Valarie Budayr Experience …

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I\’m in the Garden! {And Craving some Porridge}

\”I\’m in the garden!\” The Secret Garden to be precise. 🙂 This time of year in the Secret Garden, the earth is sleeping under a cloak of beautiful white snow. The birds have migrated off leaving the garden quiet from birdsong. This is the time of year when we clean up the garden when snow …

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Minecraft Books for Kids

Teaching, Problem Solving, & More: 10 Minecraft Books for Kids

Not long ago, I shared a blog post that acknowledged that encouraging kids to play Minecraft may sound counterproductive, but it actually does have far-reaching educational value. I also shared a Minecraft Book that Creates a Bridge Between Parents & Kids. This post has been so well-received that I decided to dive even deeper and …

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A Minecraft Book that Creates a Bridge Between Parents and Kids

Who would have ever thought parents would be encouraging their kids to play video games because there are valuable learning components included?! I’m sure a lot of parents are thinking that right now. And yes, kids should be getting outside, exploring their world, reading books, and every else like that to live a balanced life. …

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