My daughter Claire and I pitched a tent in the yard over the Independence Day holiday and had a mother daughter sleepout. I really enjoyed our time together in the cozy quiet of our tent. It was a fun and relaxing evening. We read books and I taught her how to play a few new games. Backyard camping is a great way to introduce little ones to the wonders of nature. When it comes to learning, the sky is a a magical playground for your child’s learning. Here are some tips Scholastic put together last year for parents to review before heading outside for summer stargazing. Here’s a link to a page on the NASA website that will tell you when you can look for the International Space Station flying over your house. Very cool.