Posts made in November, 2015

Peace Gardens

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 6 comments

Peace Gardens What If?…Every teacher, parent and child in every school community created an Outdoor Peace Garden? I was inspired by this idea when my collegue, in the midst of the recent Paris terrorist attacks, texted me, “Peace Gardens.” There was no note, suggestion or anything….simply “Peace Gardens.” Today when I looked up at my vision board I saw the poem, “The Peace of Wild Things” by  Wendell Berry. The Peace of Wild Things  By Wendell Berry When despair in the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what...

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Miniature Gardens: An Indoor Gardening Option

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in E-Course - STEAM Outdoors | 5 comments

 MINIATURE GARDENS An Indoor Gardening Option  I have been enjoying your stories and am so excited when I  learn how the STEAM Outdoors e-course is inspiring you.  This week Kayla shared her idea of creating an indoor Fariy Garden. “I love the idea of creating an indoor fairy garden with my students! My students are extremely creative and I imagine this would be something they would get incredibly excited about. We are lucky enough to have a library with a seed library directly across the street from us and it would make a great “field trip” with the kids to head over there and get...

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Harvesting Rocks

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 6 comments

Harvesting Rocks   As the leaves fall and the change of seasons, I am reminded of all the garden preparations that need to take place before winter arrives. Alongside of me, I observe many animals doing the same. I am always amazed how these little animals instinctually know the harsh weather is right around the corner and hae already begun squirling around collecting nuts and berries. Time to prepare for the long winter rest. Taking my cue from nature, I have found myself harvesting rocks, stones and pebbles and thinking of all the winter activities I can do with them.   I imagine...

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Preparing for Winter with Pine Needles

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 4 comments

Preparing for Winter with Pine Needles An Experiment   Pine needles are a fabulous natural resource for the Outdoor Classroom. A couple of years ago I began using pine needles instead of pebble stones for my pathways. I ultimately got tired of buying and spreading little bags of stones that never filled the entire area. My garden naturally has an abundance of pine needles.  While gardening one day I simply started spreading the needles into all the paths. I love it. A brilliantly natural solution. Now question, can I prep my vegetable garden with pine needles instead of mulch? I had...

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Garden of the Month: November 2015

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 2 comments

Garden of the Month: November 2015 The Gardens at SHED Children’s Campus History: Celebrating over Thirty Years in Andover In September of 1984, SHED (Shawsheen Extended Day) was established by the Andover Department of Community Services (DSC) as an extended-day kindergarten program located in the Shawsheen School. By the following year, SHED became an incorporated non-profit program governed by a board of directors and licensed by the state of Massachusetts. As the needs of the community shifted, founders began investigating expanded school-aged childcare. In the fall of 1991, SHED opened,...

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