The Seedling

What do you SEE? A Nature-Based Lesson on Observation

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

What do you SEE? The Art of Observation & Nature-Based Activities   Are you so busy that you forget to slow down and observe the magic happening in Nature every day? Do you ever wonder what is happening to the smallest creatures in your Outdoor Classroom? I got thinking about this when my son pondered and questioned, “I wonder what the small animals are thinking ?” The following day, I found a few beautiful and unexpected friends in my Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab. I quickly learned there is an art to an observation that can inspire endless amounts of Nature-Based...

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My Bee Keeping Journal: Honey from OZ

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

My Bee Keeping Journal: Honey from OZ This journal is simply the documentation of our beekeeping story. We are not expert beekeepers by any means. The intention of this journal is simply to capture a glimpse into our beekeeping experience.  This adventure began last year when our son, William, asked us if he could get a beehive for his 12th birthday. After taking a beekeeping class together, we joined the beekeeping community. I have to admit, I had no intention of becoming a beekeeper, therefore, this experience thus far has thrown me completely out of my comfort zone and into unknown...

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My Friday Five Garden Journal

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

My Friday Five Garden Journal 5 things that made me smile this week 1. A Newly Mowed Lawn I love the smell of newly cut fresh grass. Although I would love to get rid of the lawn completely, I love how a newly mowed lawn. 2. My Miniature Garden I love how gardens change with the seasons. I have added 2 more miniature gardens and they are full of plants this year. If you take a closer look you may see some garden fairies. 3. My flowers in my Welcome Garden I have been smiling every day when I pass my Welcome Garden. It is in full bloom! It took me awhile to figure out what to plant under this...

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5 Steps to Planting a Kids Vegetable Garden

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in The Seedling | 2 comments

5 Steps to Planting a Kids Vegetable Garden Gardens that Feed   Do you ever wonder where to begin when starting a Vegetable Garden with Kids? Do you wonder what questions to ask? Plants to grow? Best location? Do you know how to engage the children in gardening? Kids love the outdoors and creating a Vegetable Garden is an ideal way to teach children where food comes from and so much more. Making a Children’s Vegetable Garden is very simple. Here are a 5 Steps to get you started. Step 1. Include the kids in the planning, caring and harvesting of the garden Step 2. Ask questions: Does the...

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Beekeeping Journal: Checking the Queen

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

Beekeeping Journal: Checking the Queen It has been 4 days since we opened our hive and added the queen in her separate little cage. The hope is that the worker bees will eat through the “icing” and accept the Queen bee into the hive. With much anticipation, William (age 13) opened the hive and managed to find the queen cage empty. With hundreds of bees flying around, he calmly took the empty queen cage out and also managed to get the rubber band out. Very exciting! It’s empty! Onward,...

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A Mud Kitchen Challenge: A Mud Meal that Smells

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

A Mud Kitchen Challenge A Mud Meal that Smells It has been all about Mud Kitchens around here at Outdoor Classrooms. Today we are talking about incorporating Mud Kitchen Challenges into children’s Mud Play. Although, Mud Kitchens are famous for their opportunities for open-ended play; they can also be an ideal outdoor learning station. Mud Kitchen Challenges are prompts that stretch children’s thinking. They invite children to take part in completing a series of tasks. Here is a sample that invites children to create a meal that smells. Mud Kitchen Challenge: A Mud Meal that...

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