The National Park Service (NPS) has a wealth of information for families and individuals traveling to the lands they oversee, including national parks, national monuments, national historical sites. The list really does go on and on! If you will be traveling, check out the NPS.... read more
Our niece is getting married in a few weeks, and my girls can't wait to head out to Tennessee, the "Volunteer State." They're excited about being flower girls in the wedding, of course, but they're also eager to sightsee in a new state and visit Civil War battle fields, which .... read more
Summer is a time of explorations, and no one enjoys exploring more than our children. In these days of far-flung families and friends, many of us are looking ahead to a few trips to see our dear but not so near this summer. The lucky among us may have a vacation journey with.... read more
Martin Luther King occupies a special place in American history for so many reasons—his stewardship of the civil rights movement, his advocacy for non-violent resistance, and his gift of oration, which produced some of the most famous and oft-quoted speeches of our time. The.... read more
Are we naive to hope for a "Dora effect"? Is it unrealistic to expect that preschoolers who are raised with the company of this perky pal should grow up to be devoted map lovers? They can't have a monkey for a real best friend, and repeating "lo hicimos" in that uninflected wa.... read more
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't enjoy studying history in school. I'm sure it was partly because immersing myself in history just wasn't a priority in my life—not like leg warmers and big hair were. But I also think my teachers could have done a better job explainin.... read more
Growing up in the west, seeing my first firefly seemed to fill some sort of childhood dream that had been lost and ignored. I had always heard of fireflies, I even dreamed of catching dozens of them in a jar and reading by the light the tiny glowing insects put off. Of course,.... read more
As more and more people stick closer to home this summer, car camping is becoming an attractive getaway. We’ve done plenty of camping at sites within an hour or two drive from home, and with a little preparation, you can be as comfortable in the woods as you can be at a hote.... read more
My daughter is almost always singing which I can't really complain about because she does it well, it helps her with memory skills, and it keeps her busy. That last point is really important because when stuck in a car, I will take singing on the top of her lungs over the cons.... read more
What is your favourite national park to visit with the kids? Have you ever camped with a preschooler? How can a parent make visiting a park or heritage site fun and interesting for the young ones? Parks Canada has some great resources in the online Teacher Resource Centre. The.... read more
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