Chris got his first taste of winter bike riding today! Sam requested a ride so he bundled up the girls and took them out. Biking through the snow and cold is becoming a favorite past time at this household. We got the strangest looks from the neighbors but it is working out to be amazing exercise and a great way to get outdoors for us right now.
Have another book that I wanted to share with you all. I just got into it this weekend during some down time at the conference but am already loving what I am finding. The book is called "True Green Kids: 100 Things You can Do To Save the Planet" by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin.
The book breaks down ways for kids to be green by sections of their life; room, home, school, with friends, on vacation, outdoors, etc. I wanted to share just a little bit from the section on room because I think it would (and will in a few years for us!) be so fun to take a look at some of these things with an older child to see what changes they could make to be living more sustainably in their own room.
Some of the tips they describe include -
- house plants - they help to clean the air and recycle the carbon dioxide in the room
- open curtain during the day to let as much light in as possible
- close curtains at night to help insulate from cooler temperatures
- put desks and working spaces in front of windows to take advantage of natural lights
- use solar powered battery chargers for kids electronics
- add extra blankets to the bed instead of raising the heat for the whole house
- help kids to remember to unplug small appliances that aren't in use
I think when a child is old enough plants in their room would be wonderful. A way for them to learn some responsibility, gain knowledge in how to care for a plant and be able to watch up close how a living thing grows. An amazing idea!
If you have slightly older kids (elementary - middle school aged) I think this would be a really fun book to read with them. There are some amazing projects in here and by reading it with your child you can give them the chance to choose a project they are interested in to try and tackle. Could be a great family project to see how many you are already doing or could start doing!
Lastly, I wanted to share a blog that I learned about with you all. This one is a local one for all my Wisconsin readers but it is also a great example of a camp that is blogging! I am a HUGE supporter of schools, camps, teachers, nature centers, pretty much anyone in the education field blogging about what they are doing. Sharing information, what works, what doesn't, new resources, etc. will only improve the field that much faster! Anyway head over to YMCA Camp Minikani and check out their blog.
Some of the staff of this camp did a presentation at the conference I was at this weekend about their new composting program on their site and it is amazing. I got so many great ideas that I am excited to share with you all. But you will have to wait for those! Tonight, I just wanted to share their blog.
My conference this weekend was great. I have a whole list of ideas from the conference, a renewed spirit and some great new contacts. Hope you all had a great weekend.
The Nitty Gritty!
You might be wondering why I have started sharing these books with you all that are obviously not age appropriate for my girls. Well, while I am searching the libraries and online directories for books that have age appropriate ideas for my girls and I to check out I am constatnly coming across other cool looking books. For months now I have been just passing them over because I assumed they wouldn't have anything for us but it occurred to me recently that not only will my girls be big sooner than I think BUT some of the ideas in there I might be able to simplify or adapt for a younger age. So why not check them out? Plus it is just fun to read and share great books!