Posts made in March, 2016

Introducing a Poem of the Week

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 1 comment

Introducing a Poem of the Week There are so many ways to incorporate literacy into your Outdoor Classroom. Becoming a Natural Teacher and creating nature-based lesson plans can be daunting. Adding a poem that coincides with your lesson plan can add a new dimension to learning any given topic. Here are a few poems to get you started. Do you have any favorite poems that you use in your Outdoor Classroom? If so, share them in the comments below. I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise I like bugs Black bugs, green bugs, Bad bugs, mean bugs A bug in a rug, A bug in the grass, A bug on the sidewalk, A bug...

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I have all these Garden Ideas…Now What?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in E-Course Members | 0 comments

I have all these Garden Ideas… Now What?  This is the question that I get at the end of many of on-site trainings. Teachers get very excited when I show them the abundance of possibilities for their outdoor spaces. There is an energy that is generated and ideas are captured. Teachers often leave workshops and conferences feeling a “high” that is all to often met with a slow decline of enthusiasm upon the return home. I am here to reassure and inspire you to dig in, nurture your ideas and create magnificent Outdoor Classrooms. Here are 5 simple steps to help you get started....

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Dyeing Eggs Naturally

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Dyeing Eggs Naturally For Easter this year, I decided to try something a little different with our egg decorating tradition. This year my kids and I tried to use natural ingredients from our kitchen to create natural dyes for our eggs. It was an interesting experiment. We began with blowing out our eggs.   We did a little research on colors and natural dyes.  Better Homes and Gardens provided us with the following natural dye recipes. We tried a few. I liked the Paprika recipe and color the best. Bluish-Gray Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and...

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Garden Lesson Ideas: SEEDS

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Garden Lesson Ideas: SEEDS  “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; in terms of 10 years, plant trees; in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Confucius I am always utterly amazed at the life cycle of a seed. This year I have set up a seed sanctuary. In preparing to jump into the world of seeds, I visited a Master Gardener friend who taught me a few tricks about planting seeds. For starters, I learned to use sterile soil to avoid dampening. (more on that later)   Introducing children to the life cycle of a seed offers an abundance of teaching and learning opportunities....

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Boston 2016 Flower & Garden Show

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 1 comment

 Boston 2016 Flower & Garden Show Inspired by the decorated beehives, whimsical birdhouses, creative signs, and calming stone art at MA Horticultures Nature’s Classrooms display. All these natural elements brought a sense of wonder and had my curiosity tapped. Enjoy! Nature’s Classroom by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Miniature Gardens by various Master Gardeners Stones, moss, succulents, sticks and shells were the ingredients for these miniature gardens. My imagination went wild. Storytelling with miniature gardens is a perfect Literacy Outdoors Projects....

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