Traveling and Lessons

The alarm went off this morning at 4:00 am after a later night than I had intended. I’m beat. I’ve spent the better part of the day┬átraveling across the country, and hoo-boy is this one-post-per-day challenge turning out to┬álive up to its name. Here’s something short that I’ve been thinking about for some time. I’ve … Read more

Enjoying the Rain

It started raining today before dawn and rained steadily throughout the day. I’d made plans with one of the coolest people around to catch up over lunch, and wondered how that was going to go. On a sunny day, we’d head out to the river, or someplace like that, but with the weather, I worried … Read more

Play

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.”

-Friedrich Froebel, the man who invented the concept of kindergarten with the understanding that activity and play were an essential part of early learning.

Play courtesy Strocchi on Flicker
Play courtesy Strocchi on Flicker

Today is Friedrich Forebel’s birthday, and I guess this quote struck me because the benefit and importance of playing has cropped up repeatedly in the last week or so, and has become my new fixation du jour.

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Death Ray Vision

[Written by Tom] Yesterday, I taught Davis, eight years old, from Arizona. First time he’s seen snow. Though this may not seem like a significant detail, because I had left my goggles inside and it had changed from sun to snowstorm in the previous couple hours, I’m wearing dark sunglasses in a snowstorm. Riding up … Read more

Teaching kids to ski

[Written by Tom][ Teaching skiing has turned out to be a lot more fun than expected, especially the kids. I’ve enjoyed teaching the adults, but their response is more predictable. It seems like a huge number of the kids I get are 9. Not 8, not 10. 9. Anyway, most are so shy I can … Read more