Posts made in September, 2016

What Makes a Great Mud Kitchen?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

What makes a Great Mud Kitchen?  6 Elements for Exploring Mud Kitchen Play I love Mud Kitchens! I can’t say enough about them. They inspire diverse playful learning and capture children’s imaginations. The best part of my work is visiting outdoor classrooms, interviewing Natural Teachers and observing children in action. What makes a great Mud Kitchen? Check out the 6 elements that I compiled after my very enjoyable Mud Kitchen Research Project. 1. LOOSE PARTS  Christ Church Parish Day School in Hamilton, MA   The Children’s Place in Andover, MA 2. CHILD SIZE PLACE TO...

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Growing Food from Kitchen Scraps

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Growing Food from Kitchen Scraps Growing food and eating nutritionally is all about taking baby steps toward creating change. Can we grow food from our kitchen scraps? This week I started an experiment beginning with Lettuce, Avacado, and Celery. I simply put the roots of my kitchen scraps into water. I will check them in 5-7 days and transfer in soil. Stay tuned. Can’t wait to add a Green Onion, Mint, Basil, and Cloves. ~~~ Now I want to hear from you. Did you try this experiment with your kids? What did they think? What happened? Share your stories in the comments below. Want to...

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5 Easy Garden Elements

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

5 Easy Garden Elements to add to any Outdoor Classroom A Baby Step Garden Challenge Do you ever get overwhelmed when you look at your outdoor space and think, “Where do I start? How can I make this outdoor space more interesting, creative and filled with outdoor learning stations?” I began asking myself these question upon looking at my own outdoor space. Therefore, this week I challenged myself to add one new thing to my Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab each day. Taking baby steps and creating a challenge was a great exercise to get me thinking differently about my existing...

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A Welcome Garden

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

A WELCOME GARDEN CHANGING PLANTS WITH THE SEASONS Are you a garden coordinator preparing for your first group of kids to come to your Outdoor Classroom? What is the first thing your children will see? Is there a clear entrance to the garden? Or a garden that welcomes visitors? What do you want your children to feel upon arriving? Curiosity? Wonder? Interest? In my Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab, I am preparing for a busy season. I needed to create a Welcome Garden under a huge tree. Not an ideal space for growing plants. Creating a container garden with terra cotta pots was the perfect...

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Our Community of Outdoor Classrooms

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Our Community of Outdoor Classrooms

Our Community of Outdoor Classrooms Have you ever wanted to “shadow” an Outdoor Classroom? Or been curious to know if there are any Outdoor Classrooms in your area? Are you a garden coordinator that wants to connect with other garden coordinators to compare stories and learn from each other? As we build our community of Outdoor Classrooms, I have been fortunate enough to meet many of our garden stewards and learn their outdoor classroom stories. The wisdom in many of these stories are priceless and I want to share them with you. I have compiled a few of them here for you. The...

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