The Seedling

Creating an Outdoor Gathering Place

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

Creating an Outdoor Gathering Place Do you have a gathering place in your classroom? Is it on a rug with a calendar? A weather chart? Do you have a pile of rug squares for children to sit on? What about your Outdoor Classroom? Do you have a space to gather children and discuss what the outdoor lesson will be for the day? Or do children enter the outdoor space and immediately set off to run, jump and play? Do they ever settle into an Outdoor Learning Station? A good place to start is creating an Outdoor Gathering Place.  This area is a vital element to the Outdoor Classroom. Outdoor Classroom...

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An Outdoor Classroom Welcome Sign

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

An Outdoor Classroom Welcome Sign There is nothing more inviting than a Welcome sign! A Welcome sign is an invitation. A Welcome sign gathers community. Welcome signs come in all shapes and sizes, as do communities. Strong communities begin with a welcome sign and are held together with a common interest. A Welcome sign invites visitors to the outdoor space and leads them into a new space for learning and teaching. Welcome signs are like the front doors of a house and often give visitors their first impression of your Outdoor Classroom. Questions to Consider: What do you want your visitors...

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3 Recipes for Harvest Time

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

3 Simple Recipes for Harvest Time With the change of seasons upon us, it is time to complete the harvest in my Garden that Feeds. It has been a good summer with a robust amount of tomatoes, lettuces, cucumbers. My herbs have been very happy too, especially my basil. Today I am focusing my energy on what to do with an abundance of fresh produce from my garden. I have to admit, I love to garden and I love to grow my own food; however, I am not so in love with cooking and figuring out what to do with it all. I dream about the day when I can pick fresh produce from my garden, whip up a fabulous...

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NEW! Design on a Shoe String Budget

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

NEW! ANNOUNCING… Design on a Shoestring Budget Onsite Consulting Why choose Outdoor-Classrooms.com for your design project?  It is simple: The best outdoor classrooms are the ones that are organic, evolve over time and grow within a community. The mission of Outdoor-Classrooms.com is for every child in every school to have access to an outdoor-classroom. We are different because we inspire teachers to become Natural Teachers and offer resources to create Outdoor Classrooms on a shoestring budget. What makes Outdoor-Classrooms.com unique is the focus on planting seeds of inspiration...

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Stick Characters: 5 Easy Steps to Inspire Children’s Composition & Writing Skills

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

STICK CHARACTERS 5 Steps to Inspire Kids Composition & Writing Skills Outdoors Children love to play in the land of their own imaginations if given the opportunity. As teachers, parents, and facilitators of learning it’s our job to provide environments that capture children’s natural wonder for the world. Why not do this outdoors? This summer I introduced Stick Characters to the children at the REAL Program and witnessed first-hand how children’s ingenuity and creative process can sparkle even when given the simplest of materials. As Natural Teachers we can take this...

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5 Steps to Planting a Kids Vegetable Garden

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

5 Steps to Planting a Kids Vegetable Garden Gardens that Feed   Do you ever wonder where to begin when starting a Vegetable Garden with Kids? Do you wonder what questions to ask? Plants to grow? Best location? Do you know how to engage the children in gardening? Kids love the outdoors and creating a Vegetable Garden is an ideal way to teach children where food comes from and so much more. Making a Children’s Vegetable Garden is very simple. Here are a 5 Steps to get you started. Step 1. Include the kids in the planning, caring and harvesting of the garden Step 2. Ask questions: Does the...

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