GROWING A SCHOOL GARDEN: MAKING CHALKBOARD PAINT

Welcome back!  This week we’ll focus on how we made chalkboard paint to paint the concrete walls surrounding our garden area. Making chalkboards was a fun job.  After everything else we had tackled, it was an easy, quick job.  A … Continue reading

GROWING A SCHOOL GARDEN: DEALING WITH GRASS

Welcome back to my gardening adventure!  We started with two feet of grass and ended last week using cinder block as a way to define garden beds within the area.  This week we had to figure out how we were … Continue reading

GROWING A SCHOOL GARDEN: WHAT TO DO ABOUT BEDS?

Last week we left off sore and tired, but with a clean slate, everything tilled, all the grass and bricks cleared out, and excited to get some garden beds going.  It felt like such an accomplishment, but we knew that … Continue reading

GROWING A SCHOOL GARDEN: GETTING STARTED

Welcome to my adventure in starting a school garden. I had always said that I wasn’t in charge of the edible gardens.  I took care of the school grounds, led Wildflower Club, and was working to establish native habitats throughout … Continue reading

Chicka, Chicka: Alphabet, Numbers, and Coconut Science!

We love using Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! to integrate our beginning of the year learning as we are focused on letters and sounds, numbers and counting, and our 5 senses.  Our students LOVE the rhythm and rhyme of the story and … Continue reading

Animals 2X2: New and Improved!

Every year that I’ve been creating curriculum packets, I learn more, which is wonderful, it makes me a better teacher, but then it also compels me to go back through curriculum that I have out there and make changes.  I aspire to be as good as some of the amazing teachers out there blogging, creating, and working as teachers.

Summer has started, and I’ve dived back into some of the packets that I’ve been wanting to update.  I’ve finished the Goldfish and Worm packet… for this year at least!  I love science and so this has been at the top of my list for some time now 🙂

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I’ve updated the look, expanded the ‘big’ questions that you can explore with your class, and created some fact pages that you can make into a book and use as a guide as you and your students go through the units.

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Clipart generally becomes one of the biggest challenges to creating curriculum for me.  I’ve learned how to make my own drawings, scan them, and photoshop them as a supplement.  My daughter actually made most of the art for both of these packets, which as awesome.  Below is her beautiful goldfish.

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I still a beginner with photoshop, so I am sure as I continue to work with it, as with anything, I’ll get better, learn new tricks, and then find myself back in older documents, updating my work.  I tend to do best with scientific drawings, though they can be somewhat rudimentary.  I am live in a house full of artists, so I am hoping, as with blogging, I’ll get better as I go, develop a personal style that I feel comfortable with, and learn all the tools I need to make work I am proud of and that other teachers enjoy.

worm clipart sampleCan you tell who drew the picture of the adult worm and who drew the hatchling and cocoon?  Which was mother and which was daughter?  At least I got the job done and the science across.

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The kids art, of course, is always my most favorite.

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Happy learning!

Sunflowers!

x Our amazing Nurse Ellie on campus became our garden steward- planting and tending to all the gardens in our courtyard.  She made our campus so beautiful and full of life. The kinders and I walked by this sunflower every … Continue reading