A book?

For my MS in Science Education/Biology, I did a special project instead of a thesis.  I wrote a week’s worth of workshops to help elementary school teachers learn science content.  It was a great experience, especially since I aligned my project with the state standards, so I really understood what I could expect from my students when they get to high school.  It was also great when, last spring, a colleague and I ran a modified version of these workshops with our district’s 4th and 5th grade teachers.  I really enjoyed working with other educators, and the enthusiasm of elementary school teachers was wonderful.  I’m used to critical science teachers!

So now I’m working on a second MS.  This one’s in Environmental Education, and I’m really enjoying the program.  I’m already thinking about my special project, because I can do it at any time and not just at the end of my studies.  For the last week or so I’ve been contemplating writing a book.  This book would combine my skills and experiences as a science educator with my environmental interests.  I’d love to write a book full of activities for families to use to explore their local food systems.  This would be an informal educational book with activities for families to experience together, but it could also be useful for homeschoolers, teachers, or green groups.  My book would include science activities (my area of expertise), field trip ideas, and activities for crafts, gardening, and simple recipes that bring families together to learn about where their food comes from.  The book would incorporate an exploration of local foods with environmental aspects, small family farms, and science activities.  I’m really excited about this.

When I first started thinking about writing a book, I didn’t think I could do it.  While I enjoy writing, I’m far from a trained writer.  How would I convey everything I want to about the environment, farming, science, and local food, while bringing families together? Finally, I got the idea to compile a series of activities.  That’s what I do! I am completely comfortable writing activities, and once I started thinking about it, there were a lot of ideas floating around in my head.  I think I can do it.

I still need to speak to my advisor about it, but now I’m thinking I might want to write this book even if I can’t use it for my special project.



Filed under Food, Gardening, Local Agriculture, Outside, Sustainable Living

10 responses to “A book?

  1. I’m a mom, and I would read it! Seriously, I like the idea of teaching my kids about food but sometimes I have no good ideas. A book like that sounds right up my alley, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  2. Go for it! You’re a talented teacher, educator, environmentalist, and writer! It would be a hit!

    Let me know if you need a proofreader!

  3. I’ve been reading here for a while, but haven’t commented.

    When I saw this – I’d love to write a book full of activities for families to use to explore their local food systems – I knew I had to say something. As a homeschool mom of an older child, I’d love to have a thoughtful resource like this, something that isn’t written for 8-year olds (as so much of the homeschool material is).

    You seem like such a wonderful teacher. I’d be thrilled to use a resource you created!

  4. Abbie, I think that you should write the book! I have so enjoyed reading your blog these past months and your writing is excellent. Go for it!

  5. That sounds fabulous, Abbie! And it is a niche that hasn’t yet been filled (as far as I know). Great idea. You should do it!

  6. Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

    Tara- if you’re looking for activities, feel free to check my school website. I don’t keep things up there for long, so if you find an activity you like, either save it to your computer or print it. Here’s the address: http://www.awalston.northhaven.site.eboard.com

  7. Thank you so much, Abbie! I took a quick look and will go back to download. We live very close to the Cuyahoga; that might be a fun thing to study this summer!

  8. I think it would be wonderful if you’d write such a book! More and more people are getting interested in local foods and looking for ways to explore it, teach others, etc. I’d buy it! 🙂

  9. Sounds great! I’m all for it. I’m sure the blogging community could offer up lots of good input if you needed. Good luck!

  10. That sounds like a great idea. I have thought of writing a book a few times. One author said the most important thing is to know your audience. I don’t have a problem with that, or even writing, but more with organization and follow through. The details bog my down and overwhelm my senses. I think I will just blog for now.

    We raise much of our own food and we have a well insulated house and do things to conserve energy and recycle. Sometimes life gets in the way of some of the efforts, and sometimes some of the things we do, makes us too busy to do others. Yesterday, I made cream cheese; it turned out great.

    Come visit my blog sometime.

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