Playing in the Snow

It’s been a mild winter here in the Pacific Northwest so we’ve ventured into the Cascade Mountains for snow play this year. We’re lucky that we don’t have to travel far to find a winter wonderland.

We’re also lucky to have a library nearby because when my kids asked, “Where does snow come from, Mommy?” my vague explanation about moisture, clouds, and temperature didn’t seem sufficient. The Story of Snow took our understanding of those lovely frozen flakes to a whole new level. READ MORE

Happy Chinese New Year! (Gung Hay Fat Choy!)

China’s most important and longest festival, Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and welcomes spring with 15 days of festivities. It’s the middle of winter here in the Pacific Northwest but Chinese New Year is still the perfect opportunity to introduce our kids to the rich traditions of this ancient culture.

Books are always our favorite starting place. The best ones we’ve found so far are Lin Yi’s Lantern, My First Chinese New Year, and The Pet Dragon  READ MORE

Nurturing Curiosity

Nurturing curiosity creates a healthy appreciation of all that is unique and wonderful on this earth, for kids and adults alike. Whether it’s slowing down to admire ice crystals on sparkling winter leaves or watching an airplane leave contrails across the sky, I never want my young scientists to lose their sense of awe and wonder.

There are many ways to encourage curiosity but science experiments (a la Steve Spangler’s books) are a favorite with us these days.  READ MORE