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gardening with preschoolers

Rainbow Gardens

April 5, 2014 - Preschool Weekly

Fuzzy chicks, mud puddles, and tiny seeds were the name of the game this week. Colorful signs of spring were explored through rainbow collaged books, plant-based dye-making (think raspberries making vibrant pink dye), and dyed rice rainbows. We began all kinds of seedlings (peppers, squash, arugula, tomatoes) in the greenhouse and in the cold frame.… Read more »

Down on the Farm

October 5, 2013 - Family Events & Outings, Preschool Weekly

As we discover cycles and seasons in wild habitats at Irvine Nature Center, we are also thrilled to partner with Pearlstone Center farm to learn about agricultural cycles. This week the children searched for signs of fall both in the woods and down on the farm. See how we milked goats, harvested potatoes and sorted… Read more »

In Our Garden

April 26, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We defined the difference between gardens and natura spaces througha  series of outdoor activities, games, songs and art projects. Favorite Activities: We planted our food garden! Students planted onions, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, snap peas – even a blackberry bush! Students also discovered how insects help pollinate plants and rely on them.… Read more »

Earth Treasures

April 21, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We celebrated Earth treasures by cherishing its natural resources. Favorite Activities: Paper-making was a hit using recycled scraps of paper. We engineered our own games using recycled objects and marbles. We painted special garden stones and tended our seeds in the greenhouse. We also explored the pools and streams in search of aquatic creatures. Did… Read more »

Garden Treasures

April 28, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We learned about plants and petals as we pondered the letter “Pp”! Popcorn flower art, planted grass-a-pillars, and seed books were all part of the fun! We also had our Spring Sing Campfire for families this week – it was a wonderful way to herald in the season! Next’s Week’s Theme: Rainbow Bugs (focus on… Read more »