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The Garden Classroom Book Review

The Garden Classroom Book Review

I've always viewed gardening as more of an intuitive, emotional process. But, as I work on evolving our homestead and garden into an educational space, I have been seeking out more intentional approaches and guides. During my search,...

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The One Plant You HAVE to Grow With Your Kids This Season

The One Plant You HAVE to Grow With Your Kids This Season

My daughter has been helping and playing with us in the garden since she was just a wee babe. And in the last five years, we've had kids of all ages (with 52 first cousins that tends to happen in my family), experimenting and having fun beside us in the garden. During...

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Play and Learn Using Fairy Fires

Play and Learn Using Fairy Fires

When we got our wood-burning stove, my mom's first thought was how my daughter might get burned on it. I understood (and secretly shared) her fear, but I was determined to teach my wild child to understand and respect fire.  Because the stove serves as one of our...

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How to Make Exploding Spring Eggs

How to Make Exploding Spring Eggs

The warm weather is coming, and the spring egg crafts are multiplying like rabbits! Here is one that just might surprise and burst open along with the kids this season. This activity was designed specifically with The Wilder Child Book Club's March featured book...

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Our Favorite Children’s Book for Spring!

Our Favorite Children’s Book for Spring!

March is here and I just had to introduce you to, "Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It's Spring!" by Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by John Shelley. Honestly, I don't think I've ever read a children's book quite like this one. The anticipatory, hushed tone...

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10 Things Every Child Needs in Their Outdoor Play Space

10 Things Every Child Needs in Their Outdoor Play Space

Even though it was -18 today in Michigan, I'm already planning things to add to my daughter's outdoor play area. Don't get me wrong, we're loving our time outside this winter, but I can't help but dream of the muddy days to come. Designing a children's outdoor play...

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Introducing The Wilder Child Book Club

Introducing The Wilder Child Book Club

Reading and nature - what a match made in heaven! The Berenstain Bears, Where the Wild Things Are, Island of the Blue Dolphins - these are the stories that inspired my youth and transformed my world.  Now I'm blessed to be reading with my own...

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5 Ways Nature Can Teach Children About Love

5 Ways Nature Can Teach Children About Love

When I was a teacher, my favorite journal prompts for the students involved identifying metaphor in nature. As humans, we have a tendency to anthropomorphize nature. But, I think there's a reason for that. Attributing our traits to nature helps us nurture...

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Hello! I’m Nicolette! Journey with me as we bring our families back into the circle of wild things.

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