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Male Monarch Buttefly and Milkweed

Help Save the Butterflies

Above: A male monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a milkweed plant. Picture courtesy of Judy Ganance. And make the world a more beautiful place At Parker Woods Montessori, we all love monarch butterflies. Like many species on our planet, monarchs face many challenges. The population has shrunk dramatically, and their great migration has nearly collapsed… Continue Reading


Monarch butterfly made of people school photo

Making of the Monarch Butterfly School Photo

This is another one of my favorite all-time photographs. Unlike the past 3 photographs where I was standing on the roof of the school, this is photographed using a drone. Technology has really improved in just a few years. The photograph is by Scott Stoll with Tim Spanagel of MasseyGreenAVP. Tim needed two licenses to… Continue Reading


Monarch butterfly garden blacklight art show. Here are the pieces being assembled with the blacklight on.

Collateral Projects for the Monarch Butterfly Book

Classroom Activities and Upcoming Celebration Above is a hint of what is coming to Parker Woods Montessori Science Fair. This fantastic black light butterfly garden. An amazing art show by Suzanne Nall and the students. Just one of the great activities going along with our upcoming book: Mirabella the Monarch. Below you can see the… Continue Reading


Student illustrations for Mirabella the Monarch's Mysterious Migration

Illustrations for Mirabella the Monarch

Make-A-Book Project Update Summary: Illustrations are done (except for our make-up session). Ms Nall, the art teacher, has been great to work with. I learned an incredible amount about teaching from her, not least of all crowd management. And her personal teaching style is visible in the student’s drawings. I can say they are more… Continue Reading


Butterfly Ballot Boxes

Character Creation Contest

The Make-A-Book Project begins at Parker Woods Montessori I’m excited to announce that the new book will be about the monarch butterfly, which is truly one of the most amazing animals (insects are animals, too) on the planet. The monarch butterfly migrates from Canada to Mexico. It takes 4 generations to fly there and back.… Continue Reading



Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire Ad

Mini Maker Faire: The greatest show and tell on Earth

Celebrate Creativity and Invention! Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back and is at an exciting new location. The event brings together amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, chemists, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. And according to @MAKE Magazine, “is the greatest show and tell on Earth –… Continue Reading


3 book projects in the works

Ruby the Red Worm inspired hundreds of homes to begin kitchen composting, and not just the families involved with the book, but the friends, families and neighbors one to two times removed, maybe more. Just a quick update to let everyone know that the we have not one, but three book projects are in the… Continue Reading


Marcia Clark (aka the Lead Prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson Trial) with her new book "Blood Defense".

Welcome Book Expo Friends

Welcome to all our new friends from the Bookexpo America. My partner, Dr Sara Williams, and I had a great time participating as both educators and authors. Pictured above is myself with Marcia Clark, infamous for being the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trials. I actually watched these trials live long ago while I… Continue Reading


The Wheels of Chance by H.G. Wells

The First Bicycle Touring Author H.G. Wells wasn’t just a visionary when it came to time machines or men walking on the moon, he also wrote the very first book about bicycle touring, which also helped give rise to the female emancipation movement. The Wheels of Chance features a story about a man and a… Continue Reading


Kenyan school children jump for joy when they got their Falling Uphill books.

Falling Uphill in Kenya

Inspiring dreams Finally, it took two months for my package of books to arrive in Kenya. I marked the package “educational material for children,” and luckily no one stole it as often happens. I love how the photo captures them jumping in air, just like they are falling uphill. I hope the books encourage the… Continue Reading


The Dream Club

Our motto: Dream it! Plan it! Do it! The aftermath of drawings. Pictured above are only one-third of the drawings. We’ve tested The Dream Playbook in about a dozen after-school programs, and had so much success that the facilitators starting calling it The Dream Club or Dream Workshop. The Playbook is designed to be used… Continue Reading


Falling Uphill Book Tour Splash Screen

Falling Uphill Book Tour

Scott attempts to circumnavigate North America on a bicycle towing a trailer of books. Unexpected Success! Update 02-2015: Though I stopped traveling by bicycle, the book tour continued in unexpected ways to make Falling Uphill an Independent Bestseller. I even got to go to Argentina as the Honorary Cultural Ambassador. And best of all hundreds… Continue Reading


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