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Shannon has a M.S. in Geology, is a teacher in a Waldorf School and has background as a children's yoga teacher.

She is passionate about connecting children to themselves and to the natural world.

About Backyard Mama

Backyard Mama's mission is for every child to spend time outside every day.

The intention of this blog is to offer inspiration to do that. Take this tips and tools and use them, or contact me and I can run a program at your center.

Our programs take many forms:
* classes in your school or childcare center
* classes for camps or nature centers
* professional development through conferences and workshops
* professional development designed for your staff
* community workshops at libraries and agencies

We're always excited to design something special just for you!

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Blueberries for Snack

One of the most wonderful aspects of my home daycare is snack during blueberry season. Earlier this week one of the littlest children that I care for decided to take care of herself by plopping down in the blueberry patch in our play area and eating.

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I liked that she decided to take care of herself, and trusted me to watch out for her, but not smother her. She only ate the blue berries, none of the shriveled up rotten ones, or still green- late bloomers. She was so proud of herself too.

This same toddler, will pick her own cherry tomatoes and eat up!

Blueberry season is nearing its end. Luckily, we harvested pounds and pounds of delicious ripe berries, which are now frozen and ready for the winter pancakes, muffins, snacks and whatever we can cook up in the kitchen.

The end of blueberry season is one of the first signs of autumn. I enjoy eating them during the summer, but now I start to long for pumpkin pie and squash muffins.

Farewell blueberries… see you next year! (Yeah!)

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