A Book for Budding Geologists: If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

Please enjoy the following post by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot”s Wife, which originally appeared in May of 2010. Do you have a budding geologist in your family?

In my neck of the woods, Spring has sprung and it seems summer will be right at its heels.  While there is certainly a multitude of winter outdoor activities, warmer temperatures are more likely to tempt me into natural places.

In light of that, I wanted to introduce you to a book that will hopefully inspire a trip into nature for your family as well.

The book I”m going to share with you today I discovered last fall at a science workshop for teachers that I attended.  Our presenter loved tying in fabulous literature with her hands-on science lessons, so we hit it off quite well.

One of my favorites was If You Find a Rock written by Peggy Christian with photos by Barbara Hirsch Lember.

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Peaceful and Poetic

This book is just so lovely in so many ways.  Even the cover is so peaceful, don”t you think? With poetic prose, Peggy Christian invites us to find and classify rocks in a beautiful way.

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Playing with words: poetry projects for kids

The following is by contributor Amy Anderson of Let”s Explore.

Happy National Poetry Month! From rhyming lines to haiku to free verse, I love sharing poetry with my daughters. We think of poems as paintings made with words, and they are a wonderful way for kids to use their boundless imaginations.

While we love reading poetry, writing our own poems is one of our favorite ways to play and create with words. We try all different kinds of poetry forms, and for the most part, I take dictation at the computer while they compose their poetic masterpieces.

There is something satisfying about putting a few simple words together and creating an amazing poem. Have fun capturing a bit of your child”s creative thinking with two of our favorite poetry activities:

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Naturally Fun Parties for Kids: a review and a giveaway!

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

We are entering the time of year known at the Fleck house as birthday party season.  Over the next few months we”ll celebrate four birthdays in our family, as well as celebrating two holidays and a family reunion.

Normally this means I”m facing a bit of a conundrum:  how to create wonderful, fun parties for my children without giving into the consumerism, highly processed, commercial party element that seems so prevalent in kids” parties these days? If those parties could be kind to the planet and kind to my budget, even better.

In other words, the book I”m sharing with you today landed on my desk for review at just the right time!

This giveaway is now closed.

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids was written by Anni Daulter with Heather Fontenot.

Anni Daulter, the author,  is a professional cook and an advocate for sustainable living.  Her previous books include Ice Pop Joy, The Organic Family Cookbook,  and Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers.  She is also the co-founder of Bamboo magazine for whole family living.

Heather Fontenot is one of the editors of and writes a beautiful blog at Shivaya Naturals.

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