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Why Do Leaves Change Color: FREE printable science experiment from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance: FREE printable science experiment: Why Do Leaves Change Colors? step-by-step directions with photos fall and leaf books for kids Why Do Leaves Change Colors? Free printable Science Experiment   Supplies: several leaves from 3-4 different trees, shrubs or plants small glasses or jars paper coffee filters rubbing alcohol (requires adult supervision) […]

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I’m once again highlighting one of our favorite plant nurseries: The Natural Garden located in Austin, Texas. The Natural Gardener is one of the  most innovative garden centers I have seen. Every trip promises a of day a natural beauty. Each time we visit I find myself in awe and inspired to get busy gardening! […]

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One of our absolutely favorite spring time field trips is to The Natural Gardener in Austin, Texas. The Natural Gardener is one of the  most innovative garden centers I have seen. It truly rivals a botanical garden and it is absolutely FREE! Each time we visit I find myself in awe and inspired to get […]

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Plant Theme FREE printables Learning Activities, Materials, Reading Books, Songs and Recipes How to Plant and Grow Seeds FREE printable following directions guide with step by step directions and pictures, teaching children how to plant seeds. Original Post: How to Plant and Grow Seeds – Following Directions Guide For Children Drawing and Labeling a Plant […]

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Gardening with Children

April 23, 2013

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The summer after the children and I built and planted our DIY square foot gardens, I heard two  little voices summoning me to the backyard, “Mommy, Mommy, look what we made!” The children were busy creating a square foot garden of their very own. Without any promoting or help from me the children had collected […]

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Post image for San Antonio Botanical Garden Family Field Trip

We love the San Antonio Botanical Garden! My children are crazy for all things nature, plants and butterflies. None the less, I was shocked at how much they enjoyed our trip to the Botanical Garden last fall. We are currently planning our Spring trip. We began our field trip with a little study of the […]

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Week at a Glance: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert FREE printable Plant Curriculum, grade specific Math: Plant Collage Shapes and Patterns, Geoboard Plant Shapes, Pattern Block Flowers Art: Oodles of Shape Flowers Collage Journal Writing: How to Draw and Label a Plant Diagram FREE printable Guide: How to Plant […]

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Post image for Inspiring Garden Field Trips: Antique Rose Emporium

We’re continuing with our gardening theme this week. Join us on a family field trip to The Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio, Texas. During the spring and summer the roses are in breathtaking full bloom. This is one of my favorite gardens to visit for inspiration. The children love our visits to the rose […]

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I love herb gardens. I have found herbs easy to grow, requiring less water than many other plants. They grow lush, green, silver and many even bloom colorful flowers. They grow low into ground cover and also into tall beautiful stalks. I cannot resist running my fingers through their leaves smelling all of the tempting […]

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Welcome to one of MacGyver’s favorite places in the whole wide world. Hill Country Gardens A little over a year ago owner, Andrea Sanger, bought this neglected garden nursery and began the hard work of bringing it back to life. MacGyver quickly made friends with Ms. Sanger and he considers a visit to her “Secret […]

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Ready Set Grow! by DK is one of the very best gardening project books for children I have found. We checked it out from our local library but I am very tempted to purchase our own copy. Both of the children have perused the pages of this book many times, pointing out the garden projects […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert Why we love this book: The sun is shining and it is warming-up quickly in the Texas Hill Country. That means it’s time to get outside and start digging in the garden! Planting a Rainbow is one of our favorite gardening books for children. […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Tweedle Dee Dee by Charlotte Voake Why we love this book: We love this book because it is a version of the much beloved children’s song “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” Joyce has been singing this fun repetitive song, about the prettiest tree that you ever did see, to […]

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For those of you who are Planting a Rainbow or Growing a Vegetable Garden, we thought our post on how to create a square foot garden might be helpful. It has been terribly dry in the Texas Hill Country these last few years. The soil mixture recommended in the book All New Square Foot Gardening […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert Why we love this book: These last few weeks of school we have been reading books about life cycles, plants, gardening and trees. We’ve also been busy outside studying our environment and planting our own square foot garden and tending to our flower gardens. […]

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Post image for Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas: A Fabulous Fieldtrip

Looking for the perfect spring outing for your family? Look no further . . . Welcome to the Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. Words cannot begin to describe our amazing homeschool field trip. As the saying goes, A picture is worth a thousand words . . . So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu The poppy […]

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Post image for How to Plant and Grow Seeds: FREE Printable Following Directions Guide for Children

MacGyver and Miss Enigma both received flower seeds and flower pots from the Easter Bunny. Last week we soaked-up a little sunshine and got busy planting. We’re including a FREE printable guide for your classroom or homeschool: How to Plant and Grow Seeds. It includes simple directions for early readers to follow. Look for the […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:  Flower Garden by Eve Bunting Why we love this book: This is a beautifully illustrated story, told through a simple repetitive rhyme, about a young girl and father who plant a colorful window box as a birthday surprise for mother. We especially appreciate the city setting as the daughter and father walk through […]

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Post image for Container Gardening with Children: Square Foot Gardening Style

After the success with our square foot gardens, yes we have enjoyed delicious homegrown tomatoes throughout the summer, I decided it was time to give our sad potted plants a makeover. The soil mixture recommended by Mel Bartholomew in his book All New Square Foot Gardening has worked out fabulous for our hot Texas climate. […]

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Post image for In My Grandpa’s Garden: FREE Printable Song Adaptation

It is summer harvest season here in our small Texas town. We are lucky enough to live close to our parents who plant a splendid and delicious garden every year. There is nothing like the rich flavor of a tomato or the crunch of a cucumber picked from “My Grandpa’s Garden.” Come along with us […]

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Post image for We Went to the Farmers’ Market (FREE printable book)

The best farmer’s market I have ever been to is on the square in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. While visiting my sister-in-law in Chicago, she suggested a trip to the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. My husband countered with a suggestion, “Why don’t I drop you two off at the grocery store. You can […]

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