Friday, June 15th, 2012

Kids are by nature exuberant, curious and very in-the-moment with their actions. When we did the CAEYC show in San Diego this year, quite a few schools mentioned they had trouble with the kids digging up or trampling the plants in their gardens. One of the schools participating in Bloomers! Schoolyard this summer had to replant their know + grow Garden due to the same issue.  Part of the magic of Bloomers! is teaching kids that all plants and trees are alive... that we should... read more

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Hello, my name is Brett C. and welcome to my first blog post for Bloomers Island! When Cynthia Wylie asked me if I was interested in becoming a guest blogger on the Sage Advice Blog I jumped at the Opportunity! To explain why I was so excited to become part of this community of educators I have to tell you a little about my history. I have worked with special needs children for over fifteen years both as a residential counselor and running an after school program for children with... read more

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Friday, May 25th, 2012

I wanted a fun and colorful way to recognize the children in my class for their good behavior and acts of kindness. I needed something that was individualized and that the parents would be able to see when they came to pick-up their child in the evening.So I came up with gumball machines and gumballs. I used dot paints filled with watercolor paint and made several colored dots on white construction paper. Once the water colored gumballs dried I covered it with contact paper,... read more

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

In keeping with my self-imposed editorial calendar, I wrote a blog post over a month ago - Spending Quality Time With Your Bloomers.  But something didn't seem quite right with it.  I took a few weeks to think it over and did a million other things in the meantime (including my videoblog, "Don't Count Your Chickens") and then it hit me: this isn't just about spending quality time with your kids, it's about spending outdoor quality time with your kids, because that's what... read more

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

After gardening class one day I wondered to myself how do the children see the garden? What colors, flowers or vegetables stand out to them? I decided that we would create gardening journals. I gave the children a large piece of white construction paper and folded it in half to create a cover for our journals. With a black sharpie I wrote My Gardening Journal By. I asked the children to draw our garden and asked them to write their name. I drew dot to dots for the children who... read more

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