Nature Nurture

Nature Nurture

By Linda Constant
MELODIC SOUNDING STORIES that are silly, educational and fun. Nature Nurture's main character, GROUNDO, gets help from his five friends as he faces the challenges of childhood and not always getting his own way. BONUS GAMES and FACTS about NATURE and NURTURE (Good character).
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Counting Meditation
Teacher Linda shares Nature Nurture's Counting Meditation. Calm, soothing, easy-to-follow counting meditation (up to 5) for children and grownups of all ages.
05:35
May 30, 2020
GROUNDO gets upset with LEGO pieces. Counting Meditation helps him calm down.
When GROUNDO cannot find a green square LEGO piece, he gets very upset. His five friends help him calm down with Nature Nurture's counting meditation.
11:08
May 30, 2020
GROUNDO breaks his birthday sign. Inspired by Katherine
GROUNDO breaks the birthday sign his brother and sister, Rocco and Daisy, made for him.
10:00
May 25, 2020
GROUNDO_Misses his Friends During Shelter in Place.
GROUNDO is sad about not seeing his friends during Shelter in Place. His mom teaches him it's okay to have sad feelings and that all feelings are okay.
11:35
May 23, 2020
GROUNDO only wants his Mom.Created for D.
GROUNDO only wants his mom to read him bedtime stories and snuggle...not his dad.
10:33
May 21, 2020
GROUNDO is stuck in a tree_Inspired by Dolby.
GROUNDO climbs a tree, but then finds himself stuck with no way down. His friends help by playing NN's PS game (Problem Solution). Setting and Challenge (and idea to include NN's PS game by Dolby). 
07:29
May 16, 2020
Groundo_Cruise Ship_Inspired by Natasha (with Harmonica Playing)
Groundo is on a cruise ship with his family and wants to dive into ocean instead of using ship's pool. Harmonica playing and story inspired by Natasha.
08:06
May 15, 2020
GROUNDO climbs a tree_Story told by Natasha.
GROUNDO climbs a tree even after his mom told him it is not safe. Setting, Challenge and Story told by Natasha.
05:54
May 13, 2020
GROUNDO_Great American Theme Park_Inspired by Greta.
GROUNDO wants to go on super fast roller coaster even though he is not big enough yet. Setting and Challenge by Greta.
08:43
May 13, 2020
GROUNDO_Unicorn Land Planet_Inspired by Finn and Scarlett
GROUNDO flies a plane to Unicorn Land Planet and teases the unicorns. Setting and challenge by Finn and Scarlett.
06:55
May 12, 2020
GROUNDO_Rock House_Mouse_Lion_Inspired by Cooper and Everett
GROUNDO joins a mouse in his rock house with grass and then teases him until the mouse's friend, George the Lion, gets GROUNDO to stop teasing. Setting and challenge by Cooper and Everett.
07:51
May 12, 2020
GROUNDO_New Baby Sister_Inspired by Charlotte D
GROUNDO learns how to take care of his new little sister, Rose. Setting and challenge by Charlotte D.
11:21
May 11, 2020
GROUNDO_Bedtime_Inspired by Vivienne.
GROUNDO gets ready for bed: pamajas on, brushes teeth, story time, lights off, but then he keeps getting up out of bed.
07:09
May 7, 2020
GROUNDO_Daisy's Ballet Class.Inspired by Charlotte D.
GROUNDO goes with his mom to Daisy's ballet class and decides to open boxes and play with the tutus, ballet slippers, hula hoops and balls so he won't be bored.
09:49
May 5, 2020
GROUNDO_Utah_Climbing Highest Mountain. Inspired by Finn M.
GROUNDO is in Utah with his family and doesn't follow the rules when his mom and dad ask him to wait at bottom of mountain with Rocco and Daisy while they hike up to make sure it's safe for the children.
08:20
May 5, 2020
GROUNDO_School Day.Inspired by Charlotte D.
GROUNDO pushes, grabs and doesn't want to wait his turn at school. Story inspired by Charlotte D.
08:10
May 5, 2020
GROUNDO_Dragon Breathing Fire.Story told by Cooper, Everett and teacher Linda
GROUNDO is all alone in the woods near a dragon swamp. When the dragon breathes fire on GROUNDO, GROUNDO hits the dragon.
06:42
May 5, 2020
GROUNDO_NY Restaurant.Part 2.by Natasha and teacher Linda
After leaving the restaurant, GROUNDO and his family take a taxi to the hotel. GROUNDO wants to use his mom's phone to play games but doesn't want to give it back after their agreed-upon amount of time. GROUNDO's two year old sister, Daisy, has some suggestions.
08:20
May 3, 2020
GROUNDO_Utah_Climbing Rock_Inspired by Finn and Scarlett
GROUNDO visits Utah with his family and decides to climb a big rock that has glass on the top and a steep cliff on the other side.
09:13
May 1, 2020
GROUNDO.Dinosaurs and Chameleon. Inspired by Cooper and Everett
GROUNDO goes to a dinosaur village and teases the dinosaurs. They chase after him while a chameleon pushes rocks down a hill to make a rock nest. Setting and Challenge by Cooper and Everett.
09:01
May 1, 2020
GROUNDO_Outer Space. Inspired by Morey and Klein
GROUNDO takes a rocket ship to outer space because he wants to take a star! Morey and Klein join in the story telling today:-)
07:17
April 30, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_NY Restaurant.Part I.by Natasha and teacher Linda
GROUNDO and his family are in New York. While having dinner in a restaurant, GROUNDO interrupts his mom while she is on the phone and he eats almost all of the dessert that was also for his Mom. This episode by Natasha and teacher Linda.
07:45
April 29, 2020
HOW NATURE WORKS_Fireflies book by Megan E. Bryant
Teacher Linda reads the book, Fireflies, by Megan E. Bryant. 
10:55
April 24, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_Meets new friends who don't like him.
GROUNDO's five friends introduce him to new friends who decide they do not like GROUNDO and want him to go home. 
10:13
April 24, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_Restaurant and Banging on Table_Inspired by Wells and Jack
GROUNDO goes to a restaurant with his family, and becomes impatient waiting for his cheeseburger and french fries. Story inspired by Jack and Wells.
09:17
April 23, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_Earth Day
GROUNDO learns about Earth Day from his five friends.
09:51
April 23, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_Beach and Surfboard Escape_Inspired by Greta and Wynnie.
GROUNDO decides he wants to escape at the beach with a surfboard! Story inspired by Greta and Wynnie:-) 
09:25
April 21, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_Curious about Fox Hole._Inspired by Finn, Scarlett and teacher Jane.
GROUNDO goes on a hike with his mom and dad in the deep, deep forest. When he comes upon a hole in the ground, he decides to investigate.
10:13
April 21, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_Plays with toys while eating.Inspired by Welles and Will.
GROUNDO wants to play with his toys while he is eating his breakfast at the kitchen table.
06:47
April 17, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_Train ride to Australia_Inspired by Caleb
GROUNDO and his family take a train ride to Australia. GROUNDO takes toys and books from other children on train and wants to keep them forever and ever.
08:50
April 17, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO Learns to Meditate
GROUNDO's five friends teach him how to meditate_the Nature Nurture Way, called a Counting Meditation. 
09:07
April 17, 2020
STORY_GROUNDO_ZOO_by Deva
In today's episode, our guest, Deva, tells her first Groundo story. Groundo is at the zoo and wants to get inside the cages and pet the animals.
06:17
April 13, 2020
LIGHTNING ROUND INTERVIEW with Deva.
In today's episode, Deva from Colorado, shares her favorite things.
04:32
April 12, 2020
LIGHTNING ROUND INTERVIEW with Natasha
In today's episode, Natasha shares her favorite things in Nature Nurture's Lightning Round Interview.
03:16
April 12, 2020
QUIET TIME for Moms and Dads
In this 5 minute episode, parents are invited to take a quiet time break with soft background music, a gentle guiding voice and the importance of recognizing and honoring feelings.
05:19
April 12, 2020
GAME_DID YOU KNOW_Bugs.
In our first DID YOU KNOW GAME episode, teacher Linda gives clues for three different bugs. Great opportunity for children to sit down, relax, listen and learn all about nature.
07:25
April 11, 2020
FACTS_NATURE_DID-YOU-KNOW_001
Daily fun, interesting and sometimes surprising facts about nature. Today: Common Black Ant, Crane Fly and Monarch Butterfly.
07:25
April 10, 2020
GROUNDO and the Boy with No Hair
Everyone is back to school after the Shelter in Place order has been lifted. GROUNDO points and laughs at the new boy in class who has no hair.
09:18
April 9, 2020
LIGHTNING ROUND Interview with Edward and Eloise.
Edward and Eloise step up to the plate and accept the first challenge of NN's new LIGHTNING ROUND Interviews about their favorite things.
04:12
April 8, 2020
GROUNDO at dance class. Story by Tudor.
GROUNDO acts silly at dance rehearsal and doesn't follow the teacher's directions until his five friends come to the rescue.
03:39
April 6, 2020
GROUNDO and the monkey and tiger in his bedroom. Inspired by Cooper and Everett.
A magical monkey and tiger want to turn GROUNDO's bedroom into a jungle.
08:50
April 5, 2020
HOW NATURE WORKS Storytime. Dead Logs, bugs, moss and birds.
This is a happier story than the title suggests:-) All about what lives in and around dead logs.
10:57
April 4, 2020
Message to Moms and Dads from teacher Linda.
Teacher Linda offers support, guidance and appreciation to Moms and Dads during Shelter-in-Place.
09:32
April 4, 2020
GROUNDO at the Zoo. Inspired by Moya and Vivienne.
GROUNDO goes to the zoo and wants to pet the elephants. Learns he can become a volunteer helper at zoo when he is 16 years old.
08:58
April 3, 2020
GROUNDO meets his cousins. Part Two.
GROUNDO learns about taking a break when he's laughing at people.
09:01
April 3, 2020
GROUNDO meets his cousins.
When GROUNDO meets his cousins and uncle for the first time, he makes fun of his uncle and his girl cousin.
09:16
April 3, 2020
How to raise bean plants. HOW NATURE WORKS Activity
Audio directions for how to raise bean plants from Gail Gibbons book, From Seed to Plant. Picture Directions in Nature Nurture's Google Classroom. HAVE FUN !
03:38
April 2, 2020
Seeds to Plants. HOW NATURE WORKS (& a joke or two)
From Seed to Plant book by Gail Gibbons. Simple, straightforward explanation of parts of plants and how plants grow from seeds.
08:36
April 1, 2020
GROUNDO teases his sister, Daisy. Inspired by Cooper and Everett.
GROUNDO and his family are on a hike, and GROUNDO teases Daisy.
08:25
April 1, 2020
Butterflies. HOW NATURE WORKS (& a joke or two)
Where Butterflies Grow book written by Joanne Ryder, pictures by Lynne Cherry and read by teacher Linda, Nature Nurture.
07:10
March 31, 2020
GROUNDO and the broken plane wings. Inspired by Finn.
GROUNDO is taking a plane ride with his family and wants to break the plane wings and side of the plane!  Nature Nurture child, Finn, came up with episode's setting and challenge ... and solutions.
06:30
March 31, 2020
GROUNDO and the flowers. Inspired by Charlotte Davis.
GROUNDO wants to step on flowers and make them flat, flat, flat!  Nature Nurture child, Charlotte, wanted Groundo to learn about taking care of flowers and provided many answers that helped Groundo understand how and why to take care of flowers.
07:45
March 30, 2020
Th Oak. HOW NATURE WORKS Storytime (and a joke or two).
The Oak book, written by Adrienne Soutter-Perrot and illustrated by Eleonore Schmid, tells the story about how the oak tree grows.
09:32
March 29, 2020
The Hornet’ Nest.Part 2. HOW NATURE WORKS Storytime (& a joke or two).
In Part 2 of the Hornet's Nest,* the workers are busy making new cells in which the queen will lay more eggs. NOTE: Part 2 talks about hornets dying. *Written by Kate Scarborough and illustrated by Martin Camm.
05:51
March 29, 2020
The Hornet’s Nest. Part 1. NEW! HOW NATURE WORKS Storytime (& a joke or two).
In Nature Nurture's first HOW Nature Works, teacher Linda reads from the book, 'Hornet's Nest'* and tells three silly jokes. *Written by Kate Scarborough and illustrated by Martin Camm.
08:36
March 29, 2020
GROUNDO and the Slide. Dedicated to Caleb and Dagny.
GROUNDO goes to park and doesn't want to wait in line for the big slide. Ideas for good character provided by Caleb.
09:10
March 29, 2020
GROUNDO and the Playdate...
GROUNDO wants everyone to do what he wants, and says if they don't, they can't come to his birthday party.
10:00
March 29, 2020
GROUNDO. Bedtime, Dreams and Chocolate Chip Pancakes...
GROUNDO doesn't want to go to bed at his bedtime.
08:35
March 29, 2020
GROUNDO. The hike and the bug.
GROUNDO goes on a hike with his friends in the Presidio and wants to step on a roly poly.
08:49
March 29, 2020
GROUNDO uses running feet on airplane. Dedicated to Siana.
GROUNDO uses running feet on airplane ... AND ... puts his feet on chair in front of him. Siana chose setting and challenge for this episode.
09:00
March 27, 2020
GROUNDO_Story_Preschool and the wand_Moya and Vivienne
GROUNDO is at his preschool and wants to play with the wand. Moya and Vivienne chose setting and challenge for this episode.
07:51
March 27, 2020
GROUNDO_Story_New House_Wells
GROUNDO feels sad about moving from the home he's lived in his WHOLE LIFE. Big brother, Rocco, helps GROUNDO with his sad feelings.
18:31
March 27, 2020
GROUNDO_Home_Shelter in Place_Maitland
GROUNDO story created and told by Maitland and teacher Linda. While GROUNDO is practicing Shelter in Place, he keeps thinking of outside places to go until he hits upon the idea of doing a puzzle together with his family.
09:55
March 26, 2020
GROUNDO_Home_Quiet time challenge
GROUNDO wants all his mom's attention. Big brother, Rocco, offers a challenge to GROUNDO and  your family: 30 minutes on own doing what each person likes to do.
10:18
March 26, 2020
GROUNDO_House_Birthday Presents
GROUNDO learns about sharing birthdays with others.
09:42
March 25, 2020
GROUNDO_Preschool_Wynnie
GROUNDO visits Wynnie's school but only wants to play with her. Opportunities for learning about inclusion and the P.S. game.
09:40
March 24, 2020
GROUNDO_Project_What does GROUNDO look like
Children use their imaginations and learn about comparing themselves to others.
08:46
March 24, 2020
GROUNDO_Home_Monster and the Light_Cooper and Everett
Storyline by teacher Linda, Cooper and Everett.   Fun story about dealing with monsters in the bedroom, although maybe best left for a daytime story.
06:45
March 23, 2020
GROUNDO_Park_Big Red Shiny Ball_Part Two
Following up on the Big Red Shiny Ball episode, GROUNDO finds himself at home feeling very hungry ............... Before he can have anything to eat, his mom wants GROUNDO to wash his hands after playing outdoors with the ball ............... GROUNDO lies about washing his hands ............... GROUNDO learns about singing Happy Birthday 2x or counting to 20 (slowly) while washing his hands ............... GROUNDO and his five friends find a way to connect by video chatting.
10:48
March 23, 2020
GROUNDO_Park_Big Red Shiny Ball_Part One
In this GROUNDO episode, GROUNDO sees children playing with a big, red, shiny ball. He really likes the ball, and he WANTS it! So when it comes bouncing over toward him, he scoops it up and hides behind a fence with it. The children keep looking for their ball. In the meantime, GROUNDO's five friends, Stinky, Pinky, Winky, Blinky, and of course Chicken come to his rescue. When they ask him where he got the big, red, shiny ball, GROUNDO lies and tells them his mom bought it for him at Target. Oh, no! That is not good character! GROUNDO really wants to keep the ball, but his friends help him learn about having good character, and when the children see GROUNDO with their ball, GROUNDO has a choice: to tell the truth or not.
10:49
March 22, 2020
GROUNDO_Bowling Alley_Natasha
Story by teacher Linda and Natasha ............ GROUNDO wants to bowl by himself but he is not old enough ............ INTRODUCING Natasha (teacher Linda's six and a half year old niece).
07:20
March 21, 2020
GROUNDO_Story_House_Paints the Walls_Part Two
Part Two. GROUNDO wants to paint the walls! In this episode, we talk about GROUNDO's mom posting his picture to Instagram and some of GROUNDO's feelings.
07:59
March 21, 2020
GROUNDO_Story_House_Paints the Walls_Part One
GROUNDO and his family are following the rules and staying indoors for now ............... GROUNDO wants to paint ............... his Walls! ............... INTRODUCING GROUNDO's brother, Rocco ...............
12:51
March 21, 2020
GROUNDO_Story_Bus_Getting on the Bus
March 21, 2020............GROUNDO is learning and practicing good character when getting on a bus...........INTRODUCTION to GROUNDO's five friends in this episode: Stinky, Pinky, Winky, and of course, Chicken! ............This story provides reminders for children about the social rules of being out and about ............ Silliness, learning and connecting all rolled into one!
10:52
March 21, 2020
GROUNDO_Story_Beach_Getting ready for the Beach
March 20, 2020 FOR PARENTS: This 'Groundo' story has been told (and requested by the children) many times over the years. As you listen, pay attention to the sounds made for things like, walking down the hallway, opening the door, going into the bedroom and opening the drawer. Children love to repeat the sounds, and it's a great way for them to be involved in the story as opposed to simply listening. From my experience and observation when telling 'Groundo' and other Nature Nurture stories, children are so happy and become riveted when they are a part of the story, laughing, rolling over and always asking for more!  SMILES and LAUGHTER ALL AROUND :-) You will note this 'Groundo' story did not have any of his friends. There are two types of 'Groundo' stories. The first type is with his friends, Stinky, Pinky, Winky, Blinky (and as we say) 'of course', Chicken! The second type (like this one) is simply 'Groundo' being silly and making silly observations, decisions and requests. signing off as teacher Linda, Nature Nurture ... 'online until we meet again outdoors'.
06:20
March 20, 2020
Welcome to Nature Nurture Online...Until We Meet Again Outdoors!
Teacher Linda's first podcast is an introduction to Nature Nurture's 'Online ... Until We Meet Again Outdoors', a place for children and families to take a break, listen to Nature Nurture's 'Groundo and Friends' stories, and enhance, learn and practice the art of being kind to nature, others and themselves. Today's Welcome Podcast talks a little bit about what to do with mad feelings. In this segment, a big brother builds a beautiful structure of Legos and his little sister knocks them down. Introduction to action vs reaction. Has this ever happened in your home???  Hope you enjoy our first 'Online...Until We Meet Again Outdoors' podcast and find some helpful takeaways for you and your family. 
03:35
March 19, 2020