Ready to plan your garden? Here’s how we’re using our Garden Classroom this year, with our small vegetable garden plan. Our Garden Classroom plan for 2015 Our garden space is tiny. We live on the edge of a city in the UK, in a Victorian house, so our back yard is surrounded with . . . → Read More: Our Garden Classroom plan for 2015
Growing and eating, smelling, seeing, planning - what a wonderful experience! A nurturing environment for those little souls!
"Also, we can allow them to hear us “talk ourselves through” tough times. For example: “Oh, this is tough. I’m going to take a few breaths and figure out what to do. I’ll handle this. I’ll get through this!” The goal is not to deny difficult feelings, the goal is to acknowledge them and deal with them effectively! That’s a game-changer!"
Winter time calls for long hours indoors lots of movies and snuggles, and TONS of built of energy for kids just waiting to be unleashed! We have put together our favorite Winter Time Boredom Busters so that those long hours indoors can be entertaining and educational! And let’s be real, give us Mom’s a minute or two of peace. Our favorite way to pick which activity we do is to make and pick from our “No More Bored Jar”. We write all of our favorite activities from the below list down and take turns picking!
"We tried to keep busy every day to avoid going stir crazy inside the house. I have these awesome ice cube trays that shape the ice into perfect cubes. I figured they would make fun blocks for the kids with a little food colouring added to them. The kids had a blast. One word of caution though, the colours will run and will get on your kids outside clothes."
"Easy calendar craft for kids : make this beautiful seasonal nature study calendar
To start the new year, we’ve made a seasonal calendar which we’re using to track all the first signs of the natural year that we spot when we’re out and about: first snowdrops, first daffodils, when we pick our first homegrown salad, first signs of autumn leaf colours…"
"Play is a huge part of the developmental process for our little ones. It’s easy spend a lot of time, money, and energy thinking about different items to purchase. I don’t know about you, but around here the best part of getting gifts for my toddler is the box. I’ve found that some of the best stuff is right in my drawer or closet..."
"I was kindly given these little guys to have an experiment with, and who best to try them out than my son, ‘Little Man’. Being mirrored they can easily be hidden amongst most things, so for this activity I chose to place them around my garden for a game of hide and seek. The garden doesn’t have many shrubs or hidey holes so I didn’t expect the seeking part to take that long a time."
This is a good activity when you have a few children playing, perhaps siblings, or children of different stages. Include a range of questions, so younger children get lots that they are able to work out themselves, along with a few that stretch them. They might like to use the gold coin number line (see below) to work out the answers.
A while back, we set up a "science lab" in the outdoor classroom. Various shades of colored water filled bins upon bins in our dramatic play area. The children donned goggles and lab coats and set to work mixing the brilliant colors in beakers, funnels, measures, cups, basters, and more.
Young children are natural scientists. If you’ve even been out for walk with your child and they’ve stopped in their tracks to observe a leaf or a ladybird, or they love to drop things from their highchair and watch them fall to the ground (gravity!), you’ve seen your child full of wonder about the …
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