Posts made in January, 2015

DIY Bird Seed Ice Ornaments

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

DIY Bird Seed Ice Ornaments Preparations for the Great Backyard Bird Count   What is The  Great Backyard Bird Count? MA Audubon states:  The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to...

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What Does High Quality Preschool Look Like?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Outdoor Classrooms and Quality Learning What does a High Quality Preschool look like?   I teach two courses at North Shore Community College; Child Growth and Development and Foundations of Early Childhood. During the second week of my Foundations of Early Childhood course, I discuss the various options in Early Childhood Education. When entering the ECE field, young teachers need to have an understanding of the career choices that are available to them. I introduce how these options vary in terms of purpose, professional requirements and professional roles and invite the question,...

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The Month of Letters & Seeds Challenge

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

The Month of Letters & Seeds Challenge “A letter should be regarded not merely as a medium for the communication of intelligence, but also as a work of art.” Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the lost art of letter writing. Every year around this time, I coordinate the Mystery Friend Intergenerational Pen Pal event at our church. It is a letter writing activity where children are matched with a Mystery Friend in the congregation. Everyone’s identity is revealed at a Mystery Friend Tea at the end. This event has proven to be a great way to get to know people in the church, and to...

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A Walk in the Woods on MLK Day

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

A Walk in the Woods on MLK Day! A Lesson On Noticing   Martin Luther King day has come and gone. Yet, the memories linger of my MLK day walk in the woods with my beloved dog, Ollie.  How fortunate we are to have this freedom! The woods are the perfect place to get away, clear our heads and practice mindfulness. How often do you walk in the woods? What do you notice? Do your senses open up or are you lost in your head? Adam Frank reminds us that we need to “refine out capacity to notice.” A great lesson on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. NPR: Noticing: How To...

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The Month of Letters Challenge

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

The Month of Letters Challenge Mystery Friends Intergenerational Pen Pal Event  The concept of Mystery Friends is to bring children and elders together through letter writing. This Intergenerational Program idea brings together so many wonderful elements and can be adapted to fit any program. Our Mystery Friends story happens every January at our church. It works like this: children and adults give their names to the ‘Mail Mom’ (me) during coffee hour and I magically pair up the ‘friends’; an adult or older child with a younger child.  Then over the next three Sundays, senders ‘mail’ hints...

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