Archive for February, 2014

Herb & plant collection in the sun

We drew pictures of spring on envelopes and then got to exploring new plants in the garden. We collected lamb’s ear, sage, eucalyptus, 2 lavenders, rosemary, fennel, sword fern- anything that smelled cool or had a lil’ story behind it.

Envelope of smells!

Envelope of smells!


It really has been fun being outside- the winter is always a little too conceptual in the garden education department. So it’s fun to be outside, engaged w/ plants, and smiling with our friends.
Eucalyptus!

Eucalyptus!


A little freedom in the garden goes a long way. Give them a bit of a choice and they choose what they care about- thus making the learning a little bit more meaningful.
Free time to explore in the sun? Yes.

Free time to explore in the sun? Yes.

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Season change, garden renewal

The crew

The crew

Our good buddy SUNSHINE came to visit today, so it was important we get out, greet the world with a shovel, and start getting this mammajamma called SPRING started. We tore out old cabbages and other kales that had bit the dust. We then took turns chopping them up with shovels. A little aggression goes along way. Oh how they appreciate the movement, the action, and the outside classroom time of this activity. And of course we get to talk a bit about composting and the necessary work it is.

The joy of change

The joy of change

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The salmon are swimming crazily

a tank of life

a tank of life

These lil’ Coho salmon have been turning into parr aka fry, as they move away from being alevin babies. We have had a record success rate of life, life, life and not much casualties (which are hard to explain to precious kindergarteners- but necessary!). Check them out on the 2nd floor near the office!

the list

the list

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Beets & root veggie treats. Salad. Yum.

The joker?!?

The joker?!?

Let’s get to the root of it all! I’m talkin’ carrots, turnips, golden beets, red beets, radishes, and parsnips! Kids eating beets- is it possible? Yes. These aren’t the beets out of a can that I grew up eating (hating) at Thanksgiving. They are fresh and definitely fun with all their redness and hand dye-ing power.

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We used peelers and a grater to get it all mixed up and delicious like. We used a quick and simple mixture of olive oil and lemon juice to augment the earthy taste of these root veggies. They are sugary too!

community beets

community beets

They loved it- only a couple thumbs down. I always ask kids whether they honestly liked it or not. They enjoyed this one.

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Worm bin from scratch!

Our worms have been breeding and copulating at an extraordinary rate, so it was time to start a new bin. We had consolidated our worms for the fall/winter into one bin. But this gave us a great chance to get the older kids “reacquainted” with their worm buddies that they feed everyday with their food scraps in the lunchroom.

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First shred newspaper that the worms will use as bedding and back-up food if your bin runs low. Add some water, soil, food scraps, and of course- red wiggler worms. It’s really that easy. With a good ratio of food to space, there should be no fruit fly problems. We then gathered some piles of worm bin mixture to pick out enough worms to start the new bin. Let’s get grimy and get our hands in soil- it’s been too long!

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