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14 Picture Books for Exploring Eco-Friendly Actions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America

by Tyson Miller, ed.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 25, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Dream of a Nation” is a book and project to increase awareness and inspire action around a variety of social, environmental, and democratic issues. The book is divided into 12 sections, each exploring a core… More

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Writing Effective Letters: A Checklist for Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.) I… More

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These Seas Count

by Allison Formento

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 19, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Math, Resources, Science

Mr. Tate’s class helps clean trash off a beach and in the sea, while learning from Captain Ned — and the sea — about the ocean’s animal life (counted from 1-10) and why it’s important… More

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Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green)

by Diane deGroat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 19, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Resources, Science

Gilbert is stuck on what to do for his Earth Day project. Everyone else seems to have taken all the good ideas — from energy conservation to alternative transportation. And then he finds a terrific… More

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Our House is Round

by Yolanda Kondonassis

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources, Science

“Our Earth has gotten messy. What should we do?” Through questions and simple information the author encourages readers to think critically about how the Earth has gotten “messy,” how our actions affect the planet, and… More

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The Earth Book

by Todd Parr

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Humane Living, Resources

“I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference.” The narrator lists several simple (but not simplistic) actions each of us can take… More

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Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green

by Eileen Spinelli

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources, Science

When Miss Fox arrives at school via her bicycle, her students learn that Miss Fox is “going green.” Soon everyone in class is working to make choices that can help the earth, and their message… More

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7 Tips for Paying Attention to What We’re Paying Attention To

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset said, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” As 21st-century citizens, we have a lot competing for our attention. What we… More

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8 Videos Exploring Empathy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) Empathy is a key component of… More