Posts made in June, 2016

A Secret Garden Tea & Fairy House Exhibit

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 6 comments

 A Secret Garden Tea & Fairy House Exhibit SHED Children’s Campus-Andover, MA  Hidden within a dense grove of rhododendrons on the grounds of SHED Children’s Campus, lies an outdoor classroom known, officially, as The Secret Garden. A brass plaque mounted on a boulder at the edge of the clearing dedicates The Secret Garden to ‘The Women of Abbot Academy 1829-1973’. Abbot Academy, one of the first incorporated secondary schools for women in New England, merged with Phillips Academy in 1973. In the early 1950’s, T.S. Elliot visited the Academy and read his...

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An update from My Garden…

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 3 comments

Growing an Outdoor Learning Lab  Do you ever feel like you never get to the point of completion in your Outdoor Classroom? Creating Outdoor Classrooms takes time. I have been slowly transforming my backyard into an Outdoor Learning Lab. I am not there yet. There are more signs to add and area’s to clean up. Gardening work is endless and I could spend countless hours fine tuning. to perfection. I have come to realize there is beauty in the imperfection; therefore, choosing to celebrate the process. So here goes…Enjoy! A new sign for our Bee Hive. My 12-year-old son and I love...

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5 Steps to the Wonderful World of Willow Structures

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 1 comment

5 Steps to the Wonderful World of Willow Structures Willow Structures are a great addition to any Outdoor Classroom. A small group of creative gardeners from The First Church in Salem, Massachusetts created a fantastic Willow Structure in an effort to develop some kid friendly areas outdoors. Today I wanted to share a little of their story, steps they took and lessons learned in hope that you will be inspired to add a Willow Structure to your Outdoor Classroom. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Willow Structures. Step One: Observe the Outdoor space and see where children are playing. The...

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Welcome to our Little Free Library

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 1 comment

Take A Book-Leave a Book WELCOME TO OUR LITTLE FREE LIBRARY  What is a Little Free Library and what’s so special about it? A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. How many Little Free Libraries are there? As of January 2016, there are over 36,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 countries around the world. Can anyone give or take books from any Little Free Library? Do...

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Outdoor Classrooms Garden Talk

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

Outdoor Classrooms Garden Talk Garden Talk is a collection of your comments from a variety of Seedling posts. Reflecting and sharing the good work Natural Teachers are doing to reconnect children and nature is vital. Welcome to Outdoor Classroom Garden Talk! “ I love the idea of including literature. It is a great way to focus the children’s interests. It gives us a common goal to start our observations and collections. I imagine all of us running to a log to turn it over. Thank you for a simple place to start.” ” Your gardens are beautifuL, full of color and hope. Our...

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