Get Outside Like Minna- The November Edition

    November 7, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Nature trails are a lot of work to maintain. Even when they are closed during the off season, there is still much work to be done. Minna kept copious notes of her yearly work in her Rock Ridges Trail Journal. Minna ran the Rock Ridges Trail before the time of modern conveniences and it occupied […]

    Happy Halloween!

    October 31, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    This Halloween, let’s pledge to make it an inclusive one! Purchase non-food treats to put in your treat bowl so every kid can put something in their pumpkin. Save the loud, spooky decorations until later in the evening so sensory kids can participate in the festivities without fear.  Remember that a culture’s traditional dress is […]

    Libraries Need to Purchase Diverse Books

    October 24, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    I love libraries. My children and I frequent them monthly to stock up on great reads! Recently I have been frustrated because many of the amazing diverse books I am learning about from @tututteacher are not in my local library! If they are in the system, it takes a while for the book to arrive […]

    How to Help Your Child Navigate Change

    October 17, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    October is a month of changes. The weather changes, the trees change, the days get shorter and the continual progression of holidays begins. It is a lot for little minds and bodies to take in and process. As a result, October can be a difficult month for some kiddos, including my own. Let me begin […]

    Season Changes and New Clothes

    October 10, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Season changes can be the worst when you have a sensory kid. It used to fill me with dread. Now that my sensory kiddo is older, she controls her wardrobe and the transition is much smoother. She avoids the things that bother her and sticks to a pretty standard year round wardrobe. But until your […]

    Get Outside Like Minna- The October Edition

    October 3, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    October is here and the air finally feels like autumn.  The smell of cinnamon and freshly bakes apples is continually in the air and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Fall is my favorite season in upstate New York. My children are now old enough to question why the leaves […]

    September Books to Read Post

    September 25, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    You may have gathered that I read a lot of books. I believe my count for the year is up to 25. As I begin researching my next project, I am reading a lot of middle grade fiction. I highlighted a few titles in my July book blog post. Today, I would like to share […]

    The relationship between sickness and Anxious/SPD Kids

    September 19, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Imagine you are deep in a forest on a hike. You round a bend in the trail and come face to face with a wall of fire. For a moment you panic and freeze. Your hypothalamus activates your sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system and the little voice in your head yells “RUN!” You […]

    Get Outside Like Minna!- The September Edition

    September 12, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Can you name the plant in this picture?   Let me give you some hints. 1. They are found along the edges of ponds and in marshes. 2. They can be used to make mats and baskets. 3.  They share their name with a favorite household pet. If you guessed CAT TAILS, you are correct! […]

    Back to School

    September 3, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Third Day of my 15th year of teaching. Today is Friday September 6, 2019 My boss’ name is Mr. Barnard I am 39 years old When I grow up, I want to be a story keeper. I want to be the person who hears and remembers the tales long after others have forgotten. To recall […]