Young Minds in Bloom

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Spring is in full swing in our Outdoor Classroom. Here are updates from their blog:

She comes in like a lion, and hopefully goes out like a lamb. Welcome to March! March has one foot in winter, one foot in spring. What will it be? Spring manages to bring out the artists in our children, as you can see!

“Creativity and imagination are the keys to producing life-long learners,” according to Robert and Michelle Root-Bernstein, Sparks of Genius. Art allows the children to imagine what ...

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Spring Comes to Foothills

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“The children are eagerly planting strawberries, tomatoes, banana peppers, bell peppers, Asian lettuce, eggplants, and ornamental red and white cabbage … The apricot tree in the garden is waking up from a long winter’s nap. Our artists are painting what they see, and their artwork is hanging in the tree! What a beautiful sight for moms and dads to see!” — From Ms. Val’s Outdoor Classroom Blog

 

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Healthy Habits, Happy Children

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When elementary teacher April Dane noticed the cupcakes and brownies piling up week after week, she knew something had to change. “We were having store bought brownies and cupcakes with pink frosting almost every day,” she says, referring to the treats brought in to celebrate the students’ birthdays. While she appreciated that parents were generous enough to bring in treats, she was getting concerned about her students’ health. At the same time, she had noticed her students’ enthusiasm for the ...

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Cadbury the Rabbit

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Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France

An FMS Parent has kindly gifted us with a wonderful new addition: a sweet and handsome rabbit named Cadbury. Cadbury is living the dream life in the outdoor classroom, eating lots of carrots and hay and snacking on basil leaves and fresh strawberries.

The students were taught to treat Cadbury with respect and gentleness, and they love to give him soft pets and feed him treats. They ...

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Ms. Val and Her Garden

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“Children belong to nature, especially when they are young. Without the influence of nature the child misses an important basic instinct that is naturally a part of them. Keeping this in mind, we need to give our students as much exposure to their outdoor environment as possible.” — Ms. Val, FMS Outdoor Classroom Specialist

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Planting Flowers, Painting Rocks

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. — Albert Einstein

Spring is here! Okay, officially spring doesn’t start until March 20, but spring weather has come early to our outdoor classroom. Our beautiful trees are blossoming, and the students have been busy planting flowers, tomatoes, eggplants and all kinds of peppers!

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Nature has also inspired artistic ventures such as our rock painting project. Our garden sure is coming ...

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