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Word Muse: Beauty in the World

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore This week’s Word Muse is inspired by the word ‘Beauty’, submitted by Irvine Nature Center, a Certified Nature Explore Classroom in Owing Mills, Maryland. I have been noticing beauty in many areas of my life. Here are just a few examples. Beauty in my work   I…
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Word Muse: Lights, Camera, Mantis Action

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore This week’s Word Muse, Action, was inspired by Ascension Lutheran Early Childhood Center in Thousand Oaks California. Lights, Camera, Action! This well-known phrase brings to mind a theater set designed in detail to create the atmosphere of a story about to unfold.  My favorite memory is from…
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Word Muse: A Fresh Air Feeling of Home

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore This week’s Word Muse was inspired by Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. They said, “Children experience fresh air in our Certified Nature Explore Classroom.” You know that saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?”  I have adapted that in my ponderings this…
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Word Muse: Peacefulness

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist,  Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore This week’s Word Muse is inspired by the Certified Nature Explore Classroom, Edward “Babe” Gomez Heritage Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. They said, “ Children experience peacefulness in our Outdoor Classroom.” I think peacefulness is one of my favorite qualities of our Certified Nature Explore…
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Word Muse: To Risk Risk-Taking

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist,  Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore    This week’s Word Muse is inspired by the Certified Nature Explore Classroom Creative Tykes in Evansville, Indiana.  They said, “Children experience risk-taking in our Nature Explore Classroom.”  To risk or not to risk, that is the question. There are ever-present commentaries on the value…
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Word Muse: Newness Now & Again

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist,  Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore I chose the word Newness this week thinking it would be easy to experience in real-time as Mother Nature begins to announce the arrival of Spring here in Nebraska. And so it has been. My family has noticed new bird songs in the air, the sweet smell…
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Word Muse: Dirt vs. Dirty

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist,  Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore I’m going to let you in on a “dirty” little secret. I hate getting Dirt under my fingernails! I can’t really decide why that is, but there is something on a visceral level that makes my nose crinkle in minor disgust. I ponder how I…
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Word Muse: Collaboration

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore “Collaboration is not a passive phenomenon; it requires risk taking with some passion about it.  Collaboration that leads to meaningful learning often begins with someone’s (or something’s) act of provocation and the willingness of another to become engaged.”  (Collaboration, Conflict, and Change: Thoughts on Education…
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Word Muse: Don’t chase it, let it come to you.

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore   “Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” -Henry David Thoreau  I did a simple subject search at…
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Word Muse: Eat Your Alphabet

by Tina Reeble, Education Specialist,  Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Nature Explore This week’s focus of thought and introspection has been Vegetables. Such a practical change of pace from last week’s word- amazement, and is of course in keeping with one of the underlying messages from our outdoor classroom network. There is something for everyone. Did you…
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