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Helicopter parenting at school

Helicopter Gardening

It was a balmy spring morning in a Southern California coastal community and tiny streams of leftover rainwater make their way around weed bumps in a suburban school garden. The fog is lifting and the... »

Earth structure model for kids

How To Make an Earth Model Showing Layers EASY NO STYROFOAM

The core, mantle and crust make up the layers of the earth. Learn about the earth’s layers and plate tectonics by making your own scale model using a tennis ball and clay. NEW – Get the FR... »

growing in raised garden beds

Interviews with Cindy Rajhel of Home Grown Fun

Host Mike Podlesny of the Vegetable Gardening Podcast talks with Cindy about innovative school gardens and making your own fertilizers and soil amendments. Host Dave Ledoux of Back to My Garden talks ... »

Garden Idea Book

15 Fun Garden Ideas for Home, School and Community

Gardening Ideas and Inspiration! I’m writing my next book and realized that I’ve got plenty of ideas, many tested at the school garden and lots more at home. I like those “Idea Books... »

Build Raised Beds Cheaply

Build 6 Raised Beds in ONE DAY on a Budget

GOTTA HAVE A GARDEN! We just moved to a new house and there are plenty of repairs and errands to tackle. Some would have to wait! I need a garden NOW! THE GOAL: Build 3-6 simple raised beds IN ONE DAY... »

how to make fish emulsion fertilizer

Homemade Fish Fertilizer Improves Celery at School

SCHOOL GARDEN UPDATE: We tested a simple “fish tea” solution on half of our celery starts at school and we were impressed with the results! The half that got plain water were yellowed and ... »

Worm model for school

Model of a Red Wiggler Worm

I love composting with red wiggler worms. I started many years ago and have brought them with me when I moved. I’ve given away more than 20 worm bins to kids and adults. When I bring worms in to... »

Temperatures for Solar Cooking

HOW TO Make Your Own Solar Oven – Fast, Easy and Cheap

Solar ovens are fantastic fun for all ages. It’s a special thing to be able to cook your own food without electricity. Our giant solar oven in the school garden was all the rage. Classes would p... »

Printable seed envelope template

FREE Seed Envelope Template

You can make your own seed packets with just about anything including sticky notes, scrap paper and old seed catalogs! Think about printing your own! Include personalized information for friends or cu... »

dinosaur math problems

Dinosaur Math Word Problems for 2nd Grader

If you like to play school or home school your children, customizing some of the worksheets can make a lesson FUN! Incorporate their interests and hobbies and by all means add a bit of humor to it all... »

ladybug facts for kids

Fun Facts About Ladybugs

“Hi, I’m actually a lady beetle, not a bug. I chew my food instead of sucking it up. When something threatens me, I ooze smelly stuff from my legs to scare it away – like a tiny, goo... »

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

It’s easy to “mix up some mesozoic” at home or at school!  Making homemade fossils is fun and addictive. We’ve got a simple recipe for creating rock-like relics sure to bring o... »

Teach Kids About Composting – VIDEO

Teach Kids About Composting – VIDEO

A video that shows composting is fun!  Kids love learning how it helps the environment and makes awesome garden soil! Kids moved from station to station and learned how keeping household waste away fr... »

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Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Bake your favorite cupcakes. Use school colors for the icing on top. For the graduation cap, use mini peanut butter cups. Small graham cracker squares (you may have to trim a rectangular piece) make a... »

The Crazy Things You Can Compost

The Crazy Things You Can Compost

Wowza – you’ve probably got a bunch of this stuff hanging around your house. Once used, it can be composted into soil amendment!  Top 5 Tips for the Best Compost Mix You can compost almost... »

Our Favorite Children’s Books

Our Favorite Children’s Books

Over the years we’ve accumulated a nice list of our favorite books. As of Spring of 2011, our oldest daughter is almost 8 years old. Do you have a favorite book that isn’t on this list? Pl... »