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Arbor Day!

April 22, 2013
Arbor Day!

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...
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Scent Scientists

August 11, 2012
Scent Scientists

  Kids like to discover new things around them and discovering flavors and smells around them.  I did a little smell survey with my group of students to different kinds of scents using cocoa, chili powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Since all of the colors were fairly close, it made really have to use their...
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Rock “Critters”

June 27, 2012
Rock “Critters”

Using a Rock and Making it Something New 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...
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Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

June 26, 2012
Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

Butterfly Garden 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...
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We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

June 25, 2012
We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

Scarecrows! 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 would work as well). Cut some long pieces of grass...
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Butterflies!

June 6, 2011
Butterflies!

Nina, a parent of one of my students, brought in 4 chrysalis’ for the class to watch and see emerge before we went to the butterfly festival at the University of Michigan Natural History Museum.  Unfortunately only 1 of them emerged and it was on the weekend!  But our trip to the Natural History...
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