ABC and 123: Imagine Childhood - Explore the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play with Sarah Olmsted

Friday, October 19, 2012

Imagine Childhood - Explore the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play with Sarah Olmsted

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Growing up there was always a distinct moment when I knew autumn had arrived.  I'm not sure if it was the light, the temperature or the sight of that first golden tinged leaf on a tree, but as soon as I noticed it everything changed.  Summer always had a sort of length to it, not just in the hours of the day, but in the slower speed of the activities and in the way my mind would wander, moving at the pace of the shadows cast by the drifting sun.  But from the moment fall hit, the energy was instantaneously different.  The cooler air stirred faster movement from place to place and the hours spent indoors at school heightened the intensity of the time spent outside.  Suddenly each moment in the sun was a cherished one, as it stayed around just a bit less each day. Places I'd taken for granted during the preceding months were now special destinations.  The space in autumn is closer somehow than the other seasons, especially as the leaves begin to fall.   Walking in the park, I'd take unnecessary detours just so that I could wander through the patches of trees, so I could enter those golden caves.  I'd shuffle my feet along the ground to hear that familiar crunch and crackle and everything else in the world would disappear... like the only thing that existed in the entire universe was that small bubble of golden trees and their shooting stars shaped like leaves. Growing up, autumn transformed my everyday world into the space of dreams.  The season was magic.  

~ Excerpt from IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play.

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If you couldn't already tell by the passage above, autumn is my favorite time of year.  From the colors, to the smells, to the feel of a crisp breeze on my face in the morning. . . I love it all.  But this year, for the first time in my life, I'm spending the season much farther south.  Where I am, the average temperature lately has been 85 not 55.  There is no drama or fanfare by way of changing trees, there's no smell of damp leaves.   And so, without the usual telltale signs, I find myself having to pay even closer attention to the subtle shifts and changes.  I find myself searching for fall like a detective following clues. 

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Whether you live in a place with four distinct seasons, or in a location where things stay relatively the same from day to day, week to week, and month to month, there are always slight changes happening right in front of you. There is magic hiding both in the drama and subtlety of nature.  Take a moment and see what you can find today.

Suggestions for exploring fall:

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Thank you so much Katie for hosting me on your lovely blog!
~ Sarah Olmsted

It is our pleasure to have Sarah here on ABC & 123 today.  Her book IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play is a beautiful and inspiring piece for every classroom resource collection and parent's tool kit.  We are thankful for the generous offer of sharing 3 copies with our readers.  Please submit your entry for this giveaway x3 in the Rafflecopter below.
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21 comments:

  1. My son is 18 months. We love to stomp through the leaves, toss them in the air, and watch them slowly come back to the ground.

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  2. Well....I love to sit inside and drink a nice hot cup of coffee....so I could use a book like this to help me make fall a magical time for my kids! :-)

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  3. Always looking for new,fun adventures ro do with my 3 year old!! :)

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  4. We love to pick pumpkins and apples and make yummy treats with them!

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  5. We live in Florida so we don't have many of the fall themes everyone else does. We do track the shortening of the days and dipping of the thermostat though. Would love to get some fresh fall ideas. Thanks for organizing!

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  6. We love fall and all the things that come with it! :)

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  7. We love to take nature walks and collect things that show the change of season.

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  8. Playing in the leaves, picking & carving pumpkins, apple picking- & making homemade applesauce

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  9. I think it's great to just get outside to see the beauty and enjoy it!

    We also have the three kids' birthdays in October...lots to enjoy!

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  10. This looks like just what I need. I live in New York City where we don't have much of nature surrounding us, so it takes a lot of imagination and one hour or longer subway rides away from home to get anywhere near real nature. I don't want my girls to miss out, so I'd love any new and fresh ideas this book could give me! - Jasmine (LearningWithMom.org)

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  11. We love going to the apple farm and making a huge batch of homemade applesauce!

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  12. Fall is my absolute favorite season, from beginning to end. We've got birthdays and our anniversary in autumn as well, so it's like one long celebration. I'd love more project ideas!
    --Erin

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  13. Visting local farms for apple and pumpkin picking,fall colors and just love fresh apple cider donuts.

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  14. Collecting leaves and acorns and making fall crafts! And eating cider donuts!

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  15. Fall is my favorite, we just made our visit to the pumpkin patch. Going to the farm this weekend! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  16. Acorn hunting is just about our favorite thing to do. So inspiring!

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  17. we throw a big neighborhood Halloween party! we look forward to it all year! nancywalters44@hotmail.com

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  18. Collecting leaves, conkers and acorns! Thanks

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  19. My daughter is just learning about the seasons and we love looking at the colours of the leaves. They change every day!

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  20. OK, I know this post is a year old, but those leaf cookies are lovely :) I think I need to make some for an upcoming fall party(which I haven't planned yet but those would be a great reason to have a little get together to show them off!)

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