Spring Has Sprung – It’s Garden time

May 3, 2012

Here at Children’s Country House Spring has sprung and were starting our Spring gardens. There probably isn’t a better way to help young children understand the cycle of the natural world than by teaching them to garden. We’ve always had gardens that the children can plant and care for. The children are always eager to […]

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What’s that Humming Noise

February 9, 2012

Once when I was on a sailboat I heard a humming noise and asked what it was. The answer was that when the sails are set right and the wind is right and the boat is moving right, it hums. When children are playing right and the sun is shining right and the air is […]

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CCH 2011 Holiday Party

January 23, 2012

Our holiday party was a fun time for families to gather together, grandparents, uncles, aunts and lots of children running through the house. Lots of food brought by parents which all tasted very good. There was laughter and noise. Then the lights dimmed and our little angels came out to stand in front of the […]

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Thanksgiving Luncheon at Children’s Country House

November 30, 2011

What a wonderful feeling of togetherness when we all, parents and children, sat down to a Thanksgiving dinner, where the children had helped prepare all the dishes. It was a feast of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, sweet potatoes. and of course pumpkin pie. We had cooked for two days with the children’s help. […]

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What Children Learn From Nature

November 23, 2011

1. Patience – Nature has a timetable which usually can’t be rushed. Plants take just so long to grow. (That’s why it is fun to plant radishes, because they come up so quickly.) Children take a long time to grow, but grow very quickly when they are young. We use growth charts help keep track […]

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Children and The Messiness of Nature

June 30, 2011

Nature is constantly changing which makes it exciting and sometimes terrifying but often beautiful. Who is not moved by the array of stars visible on a pitch black night, or by the frosty snow clinging to the bare limbs of trees, or by the rushing water of a stream that seems eager to be on […]

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Child Development and the Love of Nature

June 15, 2011

You know the old wisdom-”if people complain you must be doing something right.” When you make a statement that has worth there will be those who will not see the value. I’ve attempted to provide children a with a love of nature for 35 years. I’ve had many supporters and some detractors. Parents say that […]

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