Tag Archives: Field Trips

Pages from the Past

The library archives are boring. At least, that’s what two of my kids informed me of one summer morning when I hauled them out of the house and to the library. I’d discovered the archives section several months ago while researching for my novel. Housed in a small room on the basement level, the archives […]

Living and Learning in Peru

Well, the big adventure is underway, and we’re reporting live from northern Peru, where our family will be living for the foreseeable future. So far we’ve survived an earthquake in neighboring Ecuador, mal agua, unseasonable heat, unprecedented precipitation (flooding both inside and outside the house), and severe sunburn, and we’re still here to talk about […]

A Missouri Compromise

Let’s face it.  Road trips with just my husband for company would look very different from family road trips.  We would listen to different things while driving, we would eat different kinds of foods, and we would make different stops.  We would definitely make a lot fewer bathroom stops. I’m not complaining.  I’m just acknowledging […]

Paper Google

“It’s like Google on paper!” That’s a 21st-century kid’s reaction upon discovering a set of encyclopedias. One morning I was going through Ranger’s lessons with him, and his reader featured one of Donald J. Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown stories. I consider Encyclopedia Brown mysteries to be one of the shining jewels of children’s literature. How can […]