While studying seeds, plants and flowers, I love to take a field trip to a beautiful garden. Unfortunately, my plans to do so recently were vetoed by weather reports for a thunder storm. So instead, we visited a beautiful greenhouse we’re lucky to have nearby.
I had my favorite gardening help recently….all my boys! We got two dozen seed cups started to transplant to our garden in a few weeks. I love doing this activity with them, not just for the extra “help” (said help also insisted on labeling our Zinnias as Venus Fly Traps), but also for the opportunity for them to learn a bit about science and a bit about patience all at once. Plus, I can’t deny my boys an opportunity to bury their fingers in mud!
As I’m watching the leaves turn bright red on the mountain near my home, I thought I should share some of my favorite fall activities. I listed study themes for fall, and accompanying activities over here. Just to highlight a few of my personal favorites that I can’t wait to get into our activity line up:
I love that place where Science and Art collide. When truly creative projects focus on the process over the product, they lend themselves to more inquiry, experimentation, and seeing things in a new way. Children are free to wonder, “What would happen if…” and then experiment. It’s the scientific process in action!
From the looks of next week’s forecast, spring may finally come to the Rockies! And I for one can’t wait. I’m anxious to get my boys out on some of the wonderful trails we’re lucky enough to find just minutes from our home. As I’ve been daydreaming about our warmer-weather excursions, I’ve thought a bit about some of the supplies that might enhance our romps out in nature. I’d love to hear what’s on your list! [Read more…]
Water is a fascinating topic for exploration! At this time of year, it’s particularly exciting to explore water in the form of rain. If you’re enjoying some April showers, you might want to build some connections with the children you love and teach by jumping into some of these great books and activities.
OK, looks like the switch has been thrown and we’re up and running with the new design, thanks to the amazing work of Brandon at Sunday Ventures! There may be a few kinks to work out on this first run, your patience is appreciated. In the meantime, enjoy these gems from around the blogosphere: