Stimulating Imagination in the Garden

Building Fairy Houses
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 Fairy Houses (The Fairy Houses Series)

 Author: Tracy Kane

 ISBN: 978-0970910458


With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense constructive projects from blanket forts to tree houses

With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense constructive projects from blanket forts to tree houses, and from sandcastles to bean teepees. Kids love creating these special spaces.

Know Your Food

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The 2012 Food Day School Curriculum was designed for educators as a Food Day resource that can be used in the classroom or to increase your own knowledge about what it means to Eat Real: Download the 2012 Food Day School Curriculum

Many times gardening is promoted as a way to teach youth where their food comes from.

Many times gardening is promoted as a way to teach youth where their food comes from. This phrase, “know where your food comes from,” is one that has received much attention and rightfully so.

Looking for Opportunities to Grow

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Looking for Activites to Help Youth Grow?

Download these free attachments and get your students outside!

Discover a Rain Garden (PDF) »
Discover a Sensory Garden (PDF) »

When faced with numerous challenges, probation officers at Rockwall County Juvenile Services have decided to teach their youth to grow.

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  • Beat the Heat: Start Early, End Late

    With the summer temperatures heating up, find safe and fun activities that can still get you and your children outdoors.

    It can be difficult to get motivated about maintaining the yard and garden during one of the hottest and driest summer months. There are definite dangers for young children during the most intense temperatures of the day.

    Partnership to GRO1000 Gardens

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    Get a taste of the activities NGA brings to the GRO1000 events. Download a free copy now!  

    Community gardens are being established nationwide through GRO1000.

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  • Sharing the Love: Spreading Seeds

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    How-To: Make A Seed Bomb


    • Clay (purchase at craft stores)
    • Compost or potting soil
    • Seeds (we recommend easy-to-grow or native varieties)

    Bring this activity home, or share it in the classroom with these easy step-by-step directions (PDF). »

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own seed bombs.

    Taking a walk together as a family is a great way to teach your kids about varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees. It's an unstressful time to engage and allow them to ask questions about their own local environment.

    Keeping Pets Safe in the Yard and Garden

    When gardening, we need to remember to keep our children and animals safe.

    Wheatgrass and catnip are great options for plants your cat can safely enjoy.As families enjoy their garden together this summer, it’s important to recognize that our families are more than just parents or guardians and children.

    Developing Character in the Garden

    Anti-Bullying Strategies
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    Creating a No-Bully Zone

    Although the 2011-2012 school year is coming to an end, this is a great time to start planning an anti-bullying unit for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Here is an activity to guide you and your students through the process of designing your own anti-bullying contract.

    Download the Bullying Prevention Activity (PDF) »

    A principal's insight on how school gardens can eliminate bullying.    

    Young gardeners contributing to the larger effort of beautifying the school.Within a garden live many individual plants. Each of these plants alone can be beautiful and unique, but as a whole, alongside all the other plants, they are so much more.

    The Rain Garden is an Effective Tool

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    A Book for a Rainy Day

    Title: The Listening Walk
    Author: Paul Showers
    Illustrator: Aliki
    ISBN: 978- 0064433228

    Installing a rain garden in your home landscape can create family interactions.

    “Because Your Children Live What They Learn…”

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    Here are some meaningful plant selections to incorporate into your peace garden:

    Rhododendron - in Russia, the blossoms signify peace, health, and purity

    Mistletoe - in Scandinavia, associated with Frigga, the goddess of love

    White pine tree - for the Native American Haudenosaunee, or Six Nations Peoples, the five needles joined together indicate unity

    Peace Rose - a rose variety introduced in 1945 to commemorate the end of World War II

    Sunflowers - a symbol of freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons during the 1990s. Sunflowers are warm and welcoming; grow in friendly crowds; and produce nutritious seeds for people and wildlife.

    Cosmos - named after the Greek word for well-ordered universe; symbolizes peace and order

    Education in the garden is a great way to teach kids to live responsibly and peacefully.This philosophy, from the creator of Playschool Child Care, Inc., Carol Acosta, is what continues to guide the program more than 25 years later.

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