The United Nations Climate Change Summit

Many grade levels of Oak Meadow students have science lesson assignments that speak to global warming. Listen now to the powerful words that were spoken in poetry form by poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at the United Nations Climate Change Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York City, NY. Her poem is amazing and beautifully spoken. Listen here:

“United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition. The Summit will serve as a public platform for leaders at the highest level – all UN Member States, as well as finance, business, civil society and local leaders from public and private sectors – to catalyze ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political will for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.” From the UN Climate Change Summit website.

Shel Silverstein

Listen to the mustn’ts, child.

Listen to the don’ts.

Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.

Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child.

Anything can be.

– Shel Silverstein

shel-silverstein-1Today is Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein’s birthday! He was born September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He was most notably known as the author of children’s poems and books, including the more popular Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and The Giving Tree.



Silverstein-where-the-sidewalk-endsDid you know that Shel Silverstein was not only an American poet, but also a cartoonist, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter? He didn’t start writing children’s books and poetry until he was 33 years old. He first studied music and established himself as a musician and composer. He even composed the song, “A Boy Named Sue”, which was popularized by Johnny Cash.


In the k-4 Oak Meadow courses, poetry plays an important role in the language arts. Shel Silverstein is by far one of the most revered poets, and his works are often memorized, recited and copied into the students’ poetry books. Even though Shel Silverstein passed away in 1999, his literary works and artistic endeavors live on. So, in honor of this comic genius, I would like to extend my appreciation for his fun, uplifting poetry. Happy Birthday, Uncle Shelby!



by Shel Silverstein

So what if nobody came?

I’ll have ALL the ice cream and tea,

And I’ll laugh with myself,

And I’ll dance with myself,

And I’ll sing, “Happy Birthday to me!”

Wild Time!


From Project Wild Thing:

Wild Time is what we call time spent outside.

It’s free time to be spontaneous, for exploring, playing, imagining and creating.

There’s no plugs outside . And you won’t need batteries.

But we promise you’ll find a deeper connection.

It’s also free!

No cash is really needed.

Wild Time is great for building confidence, creativity and independence.

It’s also healthy, good for the mind and the body.

And there’s also lots of other life out there to discover and connect with. If you just look up, listen and start to notice.

Wild Time can be taken on any doorstep, anywhere from the middle of the city to the remotest rural countryside.

There’s all kinds of Wild Times to be had, from a few minutes to hours and days.

You can search the Wild Times here for ideas or share your own ideas to help others.

Keep it Wild!

Oak Meadow Fairy House

fantastic-fairy-houses-gnome-homes-garden_01For those of you who live close to Grafton, Vermont or will be in the area on September 27th-28th, there is a planned Fairy House Tour at the Nature Museum. The Oak Meadow staff and friends will be gathering at the Cotton Mill (the current location of the Oak Meadow office) on Tuesday, September 23rd from 2-5 pm to build their own fairy creation as one of the displays for this event, and you are all invited to help with the creation!

Fairy-HouseOur Oak Meadow fairy house will be created around the theme of Head, Heart, and Hands. Fairy house books, sample fairy houses, and some building materials will be provided. Please bring glue guns and your own natural materials to contribute, such as dried flowers, wood, corn husks, shells, rocks, and any other natural materials that will add splendor to the fairy house.


Fairy House with childrenIf you are unable to join in the activities, but would like to contribute a fairy creation as part of the Oak Meadow display, please drop it off at the Cotton Mill before 3 pm on Thursday, September 25th. They can be returned to you after the event, or they can be left for the fairies to enjoy. (Please note that in the past rain has taken its toll on fairy houses over the course of the weekend. Also, avoid using edibles like seeds and acorns, for fairy houses have been nibbled on by curious woodland creatures.)

I do hope some of you can join the Oak Meadow fairy house building team or visit the Nature Museum for viewing the lovely displays of this annual event!


September Fun!

Here’s some fun for September!

September 13th is Roald Dahl’s birthday! Join the birthday celebration here:

71jiL6cJJILFor those of you that have read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other books by Roald Dahl, you will find this particularly scrumptious! I found the following at the official Roald Dahl website:

Puffin Books Virtually Live is a series of free interactive webcasts, and each year we have a very special Roald Dahl Day event.

In 2014, Puffin Virtually Live will take place on Monday 15th September 2014 2 – 2.30pm BST. Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton will host a whipple-scrumptious half-hour of fun and games to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The show will be live from the home of the new West End musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Helen will be joined by members of the cast to lead a global sing-along of the hit song ‘Pure Imagination.’ There will also be a live draw-along with Roald Dahl’s principal illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, a Willy Wonka-inspired cookery feature and much much more.

Make sure you register for Puffin Virtually Live: Roald Dahl Day 2014 over on the Virtually Live website.
• You will be able to watch the on-demand video after the live broadcast at You do not need to register or login to watch our on-demand events.