Tidal WAV 22 Wildness

“We live in a temperate rainforest.” I had one class that teased me and said it in chorus when I entered their classroom. It is a regular part of my announcements before recess, lunch and any other special events in which kids are heading outdoors in the rain. You need to understand to dress appropriatelyContinue reading “Tidal WAV 22 Wildness”

ParticipACTION Now

ParticipACTION floods me with me with a warm and happy feeling.  The first year I participated it was a mandatory part of PE class in Grade 5 at David Lloyd George Elementary School and received a Gold Patch for my efforts.  Although the ”gold” was pretty decent, it fired a competitive impulse.  I wanted the coveted “Award ofContinue reading “ParticipACTION Now”

Wild About Reading Revisited

The Wild About Vancouver Tidal WAV ( pronounced “wave”) Outdoor Festival is set and ready to go next Friday, June 3rd from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in beautiful Stanley Park at Second Beach / Ceperley Park. I have put in a request for a sunny day but according to the weather forecast, there isContinue reading “Wild About Reading Revisited”

Wild About Reading

Bill and the Fish was not a particularly inspired book.  Vocabulary was controlled.  The illustrations were mundane.  Yet, the year my younger brother took an interest in fishing, that book became part of our cabin life.  I can still hear my father’s voice. “Bill land the fish,” he’d roar in an attempt the make the book sound as interesting asContinue reading “Wild About Reading”

Sunday’s Child: The Power of a Neighbourhood Park

What defines a park?  Many years ago in Buffalo, New York, I had time to kill while waiting for a bus to take me to Youngstown, Ohio to visit my grandparents.  I got on a city bus and got off at a local “park” that had ‘lake” in the name.  It turned out to be a relatively smallContinue reading “Sunday’s Child: The Power of a Neighbourhood Park”

Venturing Outdoor with Kids

All the research points us outdoors for physical health, wellness, learning, and to pause and appreciate nature.  There are some ways to make it easier for adults to venture outdoors with kids in your own family, in classrooms and in day programs.  Some pre-teaching of expectation, routines , and information is involved, as well as lots ofContinue reading “Venturing Outdoor with Kids”

Why Learn Outdoors?  Education

“I have learned that outdoor quests are not about the summit, but rather the journey.” Hart Banack Recently I had the opportunity to visit two stellar outdoor learning programs.   Megan Zeni works with her teaching partner, Sarah Regan, providing outdoor learning for all students attending Homma Elementary School in Richmond, British Columbia.  Both teachers are both passionateContinue reading “Why Learn Outdoors?  Education”

Van Dusen Garden Possibilities – Education

On Friday I had a planning meeting about the upcoming Wild About Vancouver Event in Stanley Park on June 3rd to celebrate learning and being outdoors. Lulu Wang, founder and CEO of iGeneration Education Group and Sparks Education, is on the Steering Committee for WAV. We hammered out some ideas and I packed up toContinue reading “Van Dusen Garden Possibilities – Education”

WAV Wednesday – A Vancouver Conundrum

Look around and there are many signs that spring has in fact sprung. The sun is pushing away the gray days. Daffodils are peaking up in the grass by the seawall. Bouquets of crocuses are scattered in the gardens. Trees of pussy willows are showing their faces. New leaves and buds can be spotted everyContinue reading “WAV Wednesday – A Vancouver Conundrum”

Triggering Joy in Vancouver Life Outdoors

A conversation with a Vancouverite will lead you to one conclusion about Vancouver, British Columbia.   It is either the most brilliant place in the world to live or a drab haven of rain to be tolerated or simply abandoned.  Just before any of my travel adventures when I was young, my maternal grandmother who was born andContinue reading “Triggering Joy in Vancouver Life Outdoors”