It was a heated discussion for such a chilly January morning at the Whallonsburg Grange –

            Parent: Pick up your trash and throw it away.

            Child: I can’t pick it up. The air is too hot....

I mismanaged my time in the morning making me late to Lakeside School. When I got there, I tried to conceal my nervousness about the day. After all, I wasn’t quite sure what was expected of me and my self esteem was plummeting when I saw so many people already happily...

What a difference 3 decades makes. As a child in the 80’s, I was afforded freedom that is hard to create for children today. The cliche idea of walking in the house after school to dump my bag and grab a snack, only to go right back out, knowing I wouldn't return until...

I’m pretty sure that my son, Finn, is going to grow up to be a scientist… or a lawyer. He’s the best seven-year-old negotiator that I’ve met. But that’s because I’m the one making him go to bed, cutting off the sugar, and regulating his natural object collections to on...

When my son was a toddler we lived in Louisiana, and played in Lakeside’s play yard in the summertime when we visited my father’s family in Essex.  That was before there were any summer activities at Lakeside, so we simply enjoyed the quiet, peaceful setting and space...

Our family had always dreamed of moving to the North Country.  The high peaks region is a playground for nature lovers—climbing, hiking, skiing, and air that smells like rain and leaves.  Although I was born and raised in Brooklyn, my wife and I had been coming up for...

There is community everywhere. We have just forgotten how to deepen ourselves into it. Or perhaps we never learned how. I thought I had found a community in other countries, in cities, and among friends of a similar age. But the truest community I have found thus far h...

Gregg: “How many?”

Child: “Thirty-two pieces.”

Gregg: “That…is so much wood.”

Child: “Can I split more?”

Gregg: “That’s enough for now, head off to play.”

The wood is for soup day and gets neatly stacked under our low woodshed made from rotting stumps and cedar planks. The...

            The differing experiences a walk in the woods with children provides, depends on children’s ages. Here at Lakeside School, we seek to meet each child where they are developmentally. For an infant, every day outside brings a new experience. A 4-year-old migh...

In depths of cold and dark, my southern roots start to wither and I begin to daydream of warmer times. May Day is one of those memories that helps carry me through the winter.

May Day is my very favorite morning of the school year, especially when we are lucky enough to...

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October 18, 2019

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