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Featured Blog Posts – March 2012 Archive (6)

Make a flower bubble-pipe

Blow bubbles with flowers...

At breakfast, we looked out the window and discovered that the wild crossvine had bloomed (…

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Added by Joanna Brichetto on March 29, 2012 at 5:28am — No Comments

Wood Frogs Are Here!

We have been waiting and listening, waiting and listening. Each day as we walk to and from the bus, we—the kindergarteners and teachers— listen for an early spring sound. It is usually heard around St. Patrick’s Day, but with this mild winter, everything seems to be happening early. On Friday, March 9th, we heard it: a unique quacking sound coming…

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Added by Ann Courcy on March 26, 2012 at 2:38am — No Comments

Indigenous Skills in the Classroom

Having an extensive background in survival skills has transferred nicely to the classroom as every year the students learn about the…

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Added by Michelle M. Finn on March 24, 2012 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

Growing a Naturalist

In his book Naturalist, famed American biologist and writer Edward O. Wilson describes his evolution as a biologist as beginning during in childhood when he wandered beaches each summer:

“Hands-on experience at the critical time, not systematic knowledge, is what counts in the making of a naturalist. Better to…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on March 22, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

A Healthy Parent = A Healthy Kid

The Returning of Light



We often discuss the vast array of benefits that our children receive from regular…

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Added by Harmony on March 20, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Natural Playscape at Chattanooga Preschool Transforms Outdoor Playtime

Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool in Hixson, Tenn., is changing the way their students spend time outdoors. The preschool has converted a traditional playground and land surrounding their school into a wooded wonderland, an enchanting natural playscape that encourages children to wonder and explore outside.

Vicky Flessner, the preschool’s director of 21 years, and her staff, with the assistance of parent volunteers, have worked for four years to raise funds, map out and design…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on March 19, 2012 at 6:18am — No Comments

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