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My name is Trisha. I am a mom, a wife, a teacher, a follower of Christ, a writer, a science nerd, and a student of life.

Inspiration Laboratories is my creative outlet. The goal is to encourage children’s learning through play. My son, Aiden, was born in December 2009. My daughter, Lily, was born in April 2014. I take my lead from them and guide their learning based on their interests. I hope you’ll be inspired by what we do and try things out for yourself. Take a look at the top 10 preschool learning activities and the top preschool science activities from 2014.

I have been a teacher most of my life (in one form or another – nanny, elementary age after school care, education specialist at a zoo). I taught high school Biology and Oceanography for 5 years. Now I work mostly from home writing curriculum, managing a few websites, and working on my graduate degree in science education. I teach an undergraduate biology lab as well as an online high school Oceanography course.

Science education is one of my passions. You’ll find lots of science activities at Inspiration Laboratories. I share suggestions on how to incorporate the science learning into your activities. It’s never too early to start building a foundation for science skills.

Reading and sharing children’s books is another one of my passions. I recently started a new site that combines my love of science with my love of reading. Read Science shares science activities that are based on children’s books.

I also enjoy sharing my thoughts on various topics – my faith, parenting, design ideas, the occasional craft for grown-ups, and recipes.

I hope you will follow along as I share with you my adventures, how we navigate through life, and how we should trust in God through it all.

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  9 Responses to “About”

  1. I am a director at a preschool. Enjoyed looking at this site.
    Thanks Gloria

  2. Hi Trisha,
    Love your blog about learning and playing with chalk. My husband and I write and design fun educational books for kids. We have 2 books called Actual Size Science and Actual Size Social Studies that show kids how to use sidewalk chalk to create full-scale drawings on their driveway. These books have simple blueprints to follow, it’s really fun! If you are interested in checking these books out and possibly reviewing them, just let me know and send me an email. I’d be happy to send you a copy! Here’s a link to the books
    Thanks so much! -Cynthia

  3. I had a question. Will you post N-Z science activties? I love this site.

    • Thanks, Ashley! I will be posting N-Z science activities. I usually post 1-3 new posts in that series each month. N is for Night is scheduled for next week.

  4. I tried to enter my email but, for some reason it will not let. I would love to get emails from you! Thanks

    • I’m sorry it’s not working on this page, Kelly. I will work on fixing it. You should have an e-mail confirming your subscription. Thanks for your interest!

  5. I have just discovered your blog through Pinterest, and as a mother with NO teaching background, and only a GED, I feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to teaching my boys. I am passionate about it though, and I love the progress they have made. I love reading the blogs of mothers who seem to know what the are doing, and I love your take with science. I hope to start teaching my oldest to start making observations, and learning about the world around him. I hope your posts can help me with that. Thank you for being brave enough to write about what you do with your munchkins, so that mother like myself can become better teachers to their children. I love it!

    • I’m happy you’ve found us, Jess! Making observations and exploring the world around us is a great start to learning science for young children. I have lots of examples of teaching science to toddlers and preschoolers on my site. You might want to start with our A to Z Science series. Doing activities and playing with our kids is the best thing we can do to help our kids learn and develop. From exploring your blog, it sounds like you are getting your inspiration from some great sources. Keep up the good work!

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