Risky Reads: The Kindergarten Edition

Eli's First Day of Kindergarten

We hit a big milestone last week:  Eli started kindergarten at our local public school.  For the first time in my parenting life, I have both children in school full-time.  It’s wonderful and bittersweet at the same time.  The one aspect I’m not sad about at all is that for the first time in 7 years my kids do not need me to drive them to school.  The bus stop is a beautiful thing.  Someone please remind me of that come mid-January, when it’s frigid and dark.

I hope you can sneak a well-deserved quiet moment in to read a few things I found around the web that I thought were interesting.  Hope everyone has a wonderful start to their school year, no matter how or where your kids are schooled!

Science takes on a new level of fun when it requires lighting something on fire.  Check out these tea rockets on All For The Boys and the science behind it.

We fell in love with our National Parks this summer.  I can’t believe I’ve gone my whole life without realizing what a gem they are, especially for families.  Are you familiar with their Junior Ranger programming?  (via Go Explore Nature)

We all crave community, but if it’s lacking in our neighborhood it can be hard to know how to get it started.  I love this idea from Tinker Lab to encourage neighborhood interaction with sidewalk chalk.

Even though it’s still hot, my mind is turning to cooler weather activities and the holidays.  Trent from The Simple Dollar has been a great resource for board game recommendations – one of my favorite indoor family activities.  He has a good round-up of inexpensive board games that you probably aren’t familiar with.

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  1. Our “Little Explorer” just started kinder, too. But we don’t have a bus stop. We’re fortunate enough to be able to walk a couple of blocks to school, so I suppose I can’t complain. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing my post on the Junior Ranger program!