Thursday, September 30, 2010

Can a 4 year-old journal?

She sure can! It's all about developing a love for self-expression at this age. It's not about "knowing" how to spell (or even writing with letters), or knowing "what" is being created or drawn. It's about pretending, exploring, and experimenting, which helps develop communication skills, hand-eye coordination, confidence, and self-awareness. But most importantly, it's FUN!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall Festival

St David's, a Minnetonka center for preschool, therapy, child and family services, is celebrating 50 years on Saturday AND the opening of the first toddler playground in Minnesota combining inclusive and natural play elements. They also have a school forest. I love it. The festival events will include Minnesota Zoo animals, hayrides, nature crafts, and I'll be there helping kids journal about how and where they like to get around. Know any kids YOU can bring?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dog Days of Stockholm!

Rover, River, and I invite you to get around to Stockholm WI this weekend! Dog Days of Stockholm is for people who love dogs, books, and art (any or all of the above). It's a cool little town to explore, plus there will be events all day long (including writing workshops, music, and dog-related fun). You'll find me at the children's tent helping kids journal about how and where they like to get around. Come see us!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Way to Grow picnic report

From Elizabeth Fields, Director (and inspirer) of Early Childhood Education at Way to Grow:

I want to share one of my new favorite WTG moments with you. Last night we had a picnic for Preschool Pals at Loring Park. 24 out 25 families that signed up showed up! Everyone brought  a dish to share and we all ate and played and had our faces painted together. After dinner the families met author, Deb Miner. Deb gave every family a copy of her book and we all sat in the grass together and read the book with her.  You should have heard those kids and families all reading together!! After the reading Deb met each family and signed their books with a personal message. It was a very powerful picnic! Many, many parents came to me to thank us for this opportunity for their children as well as our preschool program in general. Many of the parents chipped in to help with clean up too :-)

It was one of those powerful Way to Grow moments in life when you see many different cultures and people from all walks of life come together for a common cause.  And there really is no better cause than providing children with opportunity and education.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Way to Grow

I'm excited to do a book reading and signing in Loring Park this Thursday at Way to Grow's summer picnic for kids and families. Way to Grow empowers parents to be their children’s first and foremost teachers. Working with the Twin Cities’ most isolated families, their goal is to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. This sweet video tells a bit of their story.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kenwood Elementary kindergartners get around!

Check out these kindergartners' favorite way to get around AND how they show and tell all about it!

Friday, May 7, 2010

reading with Mason

I love seeing 10 month-old Mason reading with his mom, Dawn in this video! The comment I most often hear from parents is that i get around is the book their child chooses most from the books they have :-) Rover and I are honored!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

How do you get around? Axel takes the light rail!

Amy, Eric, and Axel took the light rail to Minnehaha Falls park recently. Yay! An adventure that includes both alternative transportation and getting outdoors :-) Amy says "Axel such a train boy it was hard to talk him into getting off the train!"
How and where do YOU get around with kiddos? Email your photos any time to info [at]!

Friday, April 23, 2010

meet River

Adopted from RAGOM, the golden retriever rescue organization, meet my new sweetie (and Rover's brother), River!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

kiddywampus visit

Check out photos from our visit to Kiddywampus on Facebook!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Interview on

Check out this article that was posted today at

Q: Describe i-get-around and where the idea came from.

A: i-get-around is collection of books and fun "activity encouragement" products for kids who get around in everyday life, on special trips, and in their imaginations. Curiosity, discovery, and learning are encouraged by Rover, a loveable, adventurous (and kinda silly) hound who likes to get around and learn along the way. Rover inspires little ones (age 0-8) to be creative and connected with the world around them—including being active in the outdoors and nature (i-get-around is a natural fit for helping to get kids outside and to be more physically active). Rover bikes, skis, skates, dances, walks, talks, runs, jumps, more

Monday, February 8, 2010

i get around SPRING TOUR!

We had so much fun visiting Laura Risdall's kindergarten class at Burroughs Elementary, that we're going on tour! On Fridays, March 12th through June 4th, we'll be visiting preschools and kindergarten classes for a book reading, physical activity, and an art project. Spread the word and get signed up--spots will fill quickly! Check out this 2 and a half minute preview:

Meet Lisa!

i get around has an intern! I am so happy to have Lisa's help and involvement. We're busy making plans to get around and have fun--how about you? Stay tuned for updates!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Where am I going?

This adorable little guy, Kincaid, is patiently waiting. Where do you think he's going?