To kick off Bement’s first-ever Screen-Free Week, I read Doug Unplugged to the lower schoolers at our morning meeting. Written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, the book tells the story of a young robot named Doug who discovers that he can learn more about a place by exploring it than he can by plugging in to download facts. Learning to balance the convenience and information of the technological world with the wonder and importance of the natural world is a life lesson I hope we all think on this week as we go screen-free. Dan Yaccarino wrote an article for The Huffington Post on this very topic in 2013, and it’s worth a read…after Screen-Free Week is over, that is! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading, playing outside, discovering new hobbies, and spending time with your family during this low-tech week.