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celebrating fall equinox

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Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is one of the most ancient of human festivals. Each year, it occurs on or around June 21 — the midway point in the year when sun is highest in the sky and the days are longer than the nights. In ancient times, people all over the northern hemisphere would celebrate this time with bonfires, games, and feasting. Here at Sparkle, we really enjoy honoring the change of seasons and encourage your family to do the same. We have a whole list of activities, crafts, recipes, and stories to help your family make the solstice a special time too....

sparkle kitchen – collard green chips

In this week's Martin & Sylvia's Nature School story, “Impressions,” Sylvia and her friend, Sofia, make a powerful connection between fallen leaves that make a physical impression in the ice, and important leaders who have made impressions on the world, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malala Yousafzai....

nature school project: candle luminaries

In the Martin & Sylvia's Nature School story, "Painting the In Between," one late Autumn morning, everyone is sleepy and slow moving except Daddy. He is excited because it is his favorite time of the year — a time that is in between Autumn and Winter, filled with colors that are in between other colors. This doesn’t make any sense to Sylvia and her friend Sofia — until they actually paint them. And they find that in-between colors are beautiful in a magical way....

nature school project: plaster casting

In this Martin & Sylvia's Nature School story,"They Were Here," after attending a concert in the town hall, brother and sister learn that some famous people had visited their town in the past and had a big impact on the town’s identity. Later in the week, during Wilderness School, Martin learns that a forest is impacted every day by visiting animals, though their impact may be very subtle. This leads him to a remarkable discovery — one that makes him wonder if some of those famous people had actually made an impact on the forest as well....