Posts made in March, 2017

My Friday Five Garden Journal

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

My Friday Five Garden Journal 5 Things that made me smile this week Monday, March 20, 2017 Discovering the JAM virtual Engineering course called, “Invent Your Own Machines.” I loved watching my son William at work his own designs. These activities also got me thinking of all the “simple machines” we can create in our Outdor Classrooms Learning Lab. Can’t wait!! Tuesday, March 21, 2017 I love working on my vision board. This year I am simply adding to it when I feel inspired. My mantra word this year is ONWARD. I love how it is turning out and how it inspires me...

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10 Nature-Based Children’s Books about Trees

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

10 Nature-Based Books about Trees Does your playground have a tree? Are you lucky enough to have woods near your outdoor space? Whether you have one tree or an entire woods of trees, you can offer a host of hands-on, experiential learning activities. Trees enhance children’s curriculum in many ways. Everything from tree identification, math games and seed exploration to examining bark texture, seed exploration and observing tree during the change of seasons.  A great place to start finding inspiration is with Nature Based Children’s Books about Trees. First, before digging into...

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Graduating to a Bigger Indoor Compost Bin

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Graduating to a Bigger Indoor Compost Bin My Indoor Compost Update I attended a Compost workshop at the Massachusetts Horticulture School Gardens Conference in February. It was exciting to come home with my own mini compost bin with worms in it. I’ve also been happily feeding my worms, turning the contents, and keeping the little bin in a dark place. I have enjoyed learning more about compost on this smaller scale. This weekend it looked like it was time to “graduate” to a bigger bin. So here goes… I chose a plastic bin that was not too much bigger than the one I had....

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My Early Morning Walk

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

My Early Morning Walk J.C. Philips Nature Preserve, Beverly/Wenham, MA March 21, 2017 Do you ever have days when you sit down and get ready to work at your desk but end up feeling rattled and unfocused? Do you ever wish you could venture out for a quick walk in the woods to recharge and get centered? What about children? Do you think they ever feel this way? What if we began each day with an early morning walk. Today I am sharing one of my favorite walks at the J.C. Philips Nature Preserve. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~Henry David Thoreau...

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Program Spotlight: REAL School Gardens

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

Program Spotlight: REAL School Gardens Welcome to Outdoor Classrooms Program Spotlight. From backyards to schoolyards, we want to find the Outdoor Classrooms, Children’s Gardens & Community Programs that are cultivating wonder, curiosity and playful learning. This week our Program Spotlight is REAL School Gardens.  What is a REAL School Garden? We Grow Successful Students For a teacher, a garden is more than a beautiful place or a veggie patch. It is a powerful learning tool, as critical to a student’s academic success as a computer or a microscope. To help students succeed, REAL School...

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