Posts made in July, 2016

Growing Literacy Outdoors with Mailboxes: My Mailbox Project

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 1 comment

Growing Literacy Outdoors with Mailboxes My Mailbox Project  Love this simple idea! Have you ever taken a closer look at mailboxes? Have you ever wondered why some mailboxes capture wonder and excitement while others are half tipped over? This got me thinking. Can mailboxes add Literacy Outdoors? As I transform my backyard into an Outdoor Learning Lab, I am looking at my outdoor space through a new lens. I am thinking about my four types of Gardens… Gardens that Feed Gardens Rooted in Curriculum Gardens that Attract Wildlife Gardens that Honor Intergenerational Connections …and...

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My Sensory Bucket

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 3 comments

My Sensory Bucket This summer I had the honor of participating in the Fairy Dust Teaching Virtual Summer Conference as a guest speaker. It was exciting to share my STEAM Outdoors Workshop. The best part about attending conferences is leaving with nuggets of inspiration. At this virtual conference, I was introduced to Tom Bedard and his work with Sand and Water Tables. I played around with the new concepts that I learned and explored different ways to create an easy way to create a “sensory table” outdoors. I created a Sensory Bucket as a beginning. I was fortunate to have had the...

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The Natural Teachers Year: 5 Jobs to Do/Summer

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 1 comment

The Natural Teachers Year 5 Jobs to Do: Summer I always know I am in the thick of summer when I can hear the cicadas sing. Listen here! At the same time, I can sense a shift in the air with Fall just around the corner. There is always a feeling of holding on to the long summer days and celebrating; along with, quietly preparing for the beginning of a new school year. With every season there are several jobs to do within our Outdoor Classrooms.  These jobs help us sustain our gardens and flow into each season smoothly. Here are a few to keep you on your toes. In Gardens that Feed:  Harvest...

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Lessons from a Learning Garden

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 2 comments

Lessons from a Learning Garden  Lowell Elementary School in Watertown, Ma Our community of educational gardens is growing. I would like to welcome our new guests, Meghan O’Connell and Victoria Thatcher. They are here today to share their Learning Garden story at the Lowell Elementary School in Watertown, Ma. If you have a story about an Outdoor Classroom, Children’s Garden and/or Backyard Learning Lab please join us at Outdoor-Classrooms.com and grow the community!                                                                                                                                 ...

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Coming Home and Healing in the Dirt

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 2 comments

Coming Home and Healing in the Dirt I just watched Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk called Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating. She shared her story about how difficult it was to create bodies of work after her huge “Eat, Pray, Love” success. She spoke about the importance of failure and of finding your way back ‘home’. She defined her writing as ‘home’. What is your ‘home’? Early that day, my mother announced that she would be returning to England for her brother’s funeral this weekend. She had just sold a house in record time and felt her “decks were cleared”. We both agreed this...

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