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

Leave A Comment


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

Leave A Comment


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

Leave A Comment


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

Leave A Comment


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

Leave A Comment


| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Sage Advice is....
The Bloomers! blog for grownups. Whether you're a family member, educator, or friend, join us in the wonderful ways to explore the splendors of nature with children. An early appreciation for nature allows our young ones to grow up with a healthy regard for themselves and their surroundings.


Meet the Bloomers

Schoolyard

Backyard


Tags:

farm  garden  children  Bloomers  vegetables  T.E.D.  virtualworld  digging  cooking  entrepreneur    botanic  LA  arboretum  conservatory  bloomers  check-in  fireflies  fields  meadow  dusk  spring  follow  Bloomers!  sky  lightning  thunder  storm  electrified  rainbow  clouds  brook  snakes  creek  swimming  Girls  Schoolyard  Rosey  Dolls  Garden  Vegetables  Nature  Science  Daughters  cornfield  dark  cornstalk  hide-n-seek  doe  halloween  treats  avatars  costume  Leaves  autumn  fall  nature  size  measure  kids  bloomers  chores  groceries  shopping  economics  coupons  snowpeas  preschool  technology  education  games  StarWars  Gingerbread  Family  Traditions  Christmas  Recipes  Gift  Subscription  Instructions  Register  school  bullying  protect  Patience  Growing  Gardening  Seeds  Snowpeas  Overwatering  Planting  hooky  gardening  trails  families  functional  laughter  comfort  closeness  love  fun  dysfunctional  backyard  mud  toys  eco-friendly  play  outside  dog  trail  hiking  commitment  responsibility  exercise  127Hours  greenhouse  trapdoor  abandoned  family  dinner  recipes  sneaky  mom  veggies   responsibilities  needed  behavioral  School  Performance  Grades  Studies  Student  apron  tool belt  clothes  behavior   chickens  eggs  hatching  brooders  journals  small motor skills  documentation  Outdoors  Gardens  Mother's Day    classroom management  behavior management  behavior challenges  teacher  autistic  counselor  afterschool  Respect  Empathy  Flowers  Trees  Plants  striving  cllimbing  goals  failure  belay  stress  frustration  validation  Sponsorships  Education  Schools  Funding  teaching  troubled  educators  thinning  multi-tasking  lettuce  classroom  worry  seeds  sprouting  plantains  patience  faith  drought  starvation  Grass  Persistence  Letting Go  Hanging On  Yosemite  sequoias  chemistry  vegan  plant-based  kindness  PlantIntelligence  Backster  Potato  diabetes  Bigotry.Judaism  ChristmasTree  fantasyfootball  Bloomers!BackyardGarden