Posts made in May, 2016

Creating an Outdoor Classrooms Garden Tour

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Creating an Outdoor Classrooms Garden Tour Have you ever been on a garden tour? Do you love walking around someone else’s outdoor space and collecting ideas? Do you love to surround yourself with like-minded souls? I do and can’t wait to put together our first Outdoor Classrooms Garden Tour. Tell me about your Outdoor Classroom and how it came to be. Let’s dig in! Here are a few guidelines to get you started:  1. How did you learn about Outdoor Classrooms?  2. Tell me what inspired your community to create an Outdoor Classroom. 3. How did you begin transforming your outdoor...

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3 Simple & Cost Effective Outdoor Classroom Garden Tasks

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

3 Simple & Cost Effective Outdoor Classroom Garden Tasks   Have you ever walked out into your outdoor space and thought, “Where do I start?” It is easy to go into overwhelm when working in Outdoor Classroom Learning gardens. It happens to me all the time. The tasks are abundant and I sometimes have to walk around the garden a few times to figure out what needs my attention first. This week, my approach shifted when I asked myself the question.” If I were to give a garden tour to children, what would I need to make this experience peak wonder and curiosity?”...

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The Tortoise and the Hare: 5 Lessons from Sculptor Nancy Schon

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE  5 Lessons from Sculptor Nancy Schon   Oprah may have her Super Soul Sessions with inspiring leaders from around the world. The Legacy Institute for Early Childhood Educators has Nancy Schon, best known for her Make Way for Ducklings sculptures on the Boston Common. This past weekend, I was honored to be invited to participate in the Legacy Conference at the Riverside School in Danvers, MA. The Legacy team transformed the gym into a tea house. Teachers were welcomed with small round tables with tablecloths, teapots and flowers. An assortment of yummy goodies...

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How to take yourself on a Nature Observation Walk

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 5 comments

How to take yourself on a Nature Observation Walk Learning how to observe children in their natural environments is a major topic in many teacher trainings. Teachers are taught how to document children’s behavior and observe their developmental milestones. Threading children’s likes and dislikes and weaving appropriate curriculum can become an artistic adventure or an exhausting test in documentation. I often wonder, what if we took these same observation skills and observed Nature instead? What would we find? How would this simple practice change the way the teach both indoors...

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