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Arbor Day!

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April 22, 2013
Arbor Day!

What a natural – Earth Day and Arbor Day (no pun intended)!  This year the Arbor Day Foundation will plant trees in the national forests from donations for you.  Commemorate a child’s birth with a tree in one of America’s national forests! They also have on their website lots of ideas for activities with...
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Kitchen Scientists – Checking out Those Scents!

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August 11, 2012
Kitchen Scientists – Checking out Those Scents!

  Kids like to discover new things around them and discovering flavors and smells around them.  I did a little smell survey with my group using cocoa, chili powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Since all of the colors were fairly close, it made really have to use their sense of smell to determine what the...
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Astronauts in Training!

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July 23, 2012
Astronauts in Training!

      Learning about space is great fun, especially if it includes astronaut training.  Astronauts need to be physically fit and work well in teams to accomplish the goals of the mission.  Using our playground equipment and a stuffed backpack we came up with 3 activities to give the kids opportunities to do...
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Rock “Critters”

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June 27, 2012
Rock “Critters”

The kids had fun making rock “critters”.  They picked out the rocks they wanted to use and we glued them together with Liquid Nails (easy to use).  Once the glue had set (about a day), then it’s time to paint them.  I loved the colors and how imaginative they were.
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Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

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June 26, 2012
Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

  We’ve been working on our butterfly garden with the help of Nina Jaffray (she has done more than just help – she gets the right plants, she is an inspiration and encouragement for me and all of the kids to take on this project and she teaches all of us by sharing her...
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We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

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June 25, 2012
We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

                      During our new Summer Daze program the kids made scarecrows for their garden.  The kids had fun with it and they got to cut the long grass too! Here’s what we did: We took a recycled piece of wood trim (a dowel rod...
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I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

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May 30, 2012
I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

My wood tripod over the campfire. To get ready to serve my students a traditional wagon train meal of beans, corn bread and coffee, I set out to figure out how to make a tripod like the pioneers might have had.  A little research and a long stick found in the nearby woods and...
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Making Their Own Corn Meal

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May 27, 2012
Making Their Own Corn Meal

  The pioneers needed to provide for 6 months of food on the trail and, since there were no Walmart’s to go to if they ran out of supplies, enough to live on until they could grow their own.  Tools were simple. So we had our students get to experience having to grind their...
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Wagons Ready!

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May 26, 2012
Wagons Ready!

The covered wagons are parked and ready for their supplies. Preparing for our travel on the Oregon Trail has been fun.  The students have all been grouped into “families” with new names and occupations.  They have been very excited by their names and “How do you speak Swedish?”.  On this day the families are...
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Short play for “Because of Winn-Dixie”

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February 14, 2012
Short play for “Because of Winn-Dixie”

        After reading, “Because of Winn-Dixie” my reading group performed a short play for the rest of the class.  My students were thrilled to do it and I thought others might enjoy it too! We served egg salad sandwiches with frill picks and pickles too!  It was fun!  
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