|Hello Post Turkey Grazers,|
Take a deep breath. While Thanksgiving may be behind us, holiday parties and shopping pressures are upon us. Ready for something different? Something better?
If you have zero interest in cheap products imported from China and want your kids to have fun while you shop, consider The Chicago Waldorf School Annual Holiday Party, next Saturday, December 5th from 9:00-4:00 (1300 W. Loyola, Rogers Park). Shop for locally produced gifts while your kids engage in kid-friendly activities.
If you're considering pets this season, but want them to do more than fetch, invest in worms and put them to work eating your trash. Learn more at The Urban Worms Girls "Wine and Worms" party: From 1:00-5:00, December 6th at their beautiful studio at 1962 N. Bissell in Lincoln Park.
*Radio Action: This Sunday, catch me on Mike Nowak's show on WCPT at 8:00AM. If you miss it, the podcast will be here
If you slept through my interview on WGN last Sunday, I don't blame you.
I went on at 6:30AM! The clip will be on the Green Sugar Press
|Dirty Work= Healthy Kids
Children may not be drawn to dirt just to aggravate their parents, researchers report in the latest edition of Nature Medicine, arguing that letting kids get their hands dirty is actually good for them. That's because soil restocks their skin with bacteria that help keep overactive immune responses under control, preventing minor cuts and scratches from swelling up and becoming inflamed. The findings also may provide an explanation for the "hygiene hypothesis," a theory that suggests childhood exposure to germs prepares the body against allergies later in life - and that a societal obsession with cleanliness is to blame for the rise in allergies and inflammatory diseases in the developed world. (Source: BBC News)
|Recess & Outdoor Learning
|Kids are wired to learn through outdoor play and hands-on activities. It's been that way for 250,000 years and isn't going to change overnight.
Six-year old children can't comprehend melting glaciers while sitting in desks any better than I understand brain surgery. Rather than teach abstract early, learning starts local, and hands-on.
To that end, check out the Healthy School Campaigns article on
recess and The Chiildren and Nature article on outdoor, hands-on learning.