Test, Observe, Revise: Engineering with a Preschooler

The slow-motion video option on my phone has captured my preschooler's attention lately, so we are using it to improve our marble track engineering.  When we record a run in slow-motion and review it, he can more easily see where problems occurred in our design and come up with potential solutions. He also really likes … Continue reading Test, Observe, Revise: Engineering with a Preschooler

Wikki Stix Letters

I'm always looking for new ways to get my preschooler interested in making letters, whether through drawing, painting, Play-Doh, chalk, or writing in the steam on the shower door.  Any way to get him making letters!  He recently hit 500 on his "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" reading log, and as a reward, our local library … Continue reading Wikki Stix Letters

Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Ah, so many birds and so little time to sketch them poorly in my nature journal! While we did not see too many big animals on our trip to Olympic -- not like going to Yellowstone where you're practically tripping on elk and bison the whole time -- we did get to see a lot … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

In the literature I was reading preparing for our trip to Olympic, one description stated that the park had a "dazzling variety of wildflowers."  That was no joke!  Due to the extreme variations in ecosystems throughout the park, countless types of wildflowers flourish.  Below are just a few that we enjoyed. Most images are courtesy … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Pacific Coast

  We spent our last couple of days in Olympic on the Pacific Coast, staying at Kalaloch Lodge and visiting Ruby Beach.  Prior to our trip, we had prepped with several books about wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and Native American legends from the region, but the book that really paid dividends was this little … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest

The word "rainforest" conjures images of brightly-colored macaws, 15-foot anacondas, and jaguars creeping along tree branches; however, rainforests are designated simply by the amount of precipitation they receive each year.  Their flora, fauna, and climates vary in every other way.  If you're interested in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Penninsula, set aside your visions … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest