Posts by Flo Razowsky

Art and Language in the Garden

Our Cheremoya garden is full of amazing artists and many languages. We’ve begun a sign project to share our joy and knowledge and to highlight all of the languages spoken on our campus including Russian, English, Spanish, Armenian and more.

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Growing Strong

Our garden grows strong with lots for us to snack on including, swiss chard, snap peas, cauliflower and more. We also started new seeds and are getting to watch them grow week by week.  

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Magnified Exploration and Potatoes

After learning about parts of a plant, we got to use our new magnifying glasses to investigate and explore the plant parts in our garden. And, after watching our potato plants go through their life cycle, we got to dig up fresh grown potatoes!

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Cleaning Day and Garden Gifts

As fourth-grade students at Melrose wrapped up their garden rotation they took a day to clean in order to leave the garden better than they found it for the incoming classes. We also got to share our awesome harvest of lemons, brussels sprouts, grapes and celery with the hardworking office staff.

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Getting Back into the Garden + Vitamin C!

Second grade classes starting their garden rotation got a chance to investigate the garden and document their findings based on: Today in the Garden, I can see…; I can smell…; I can feel… Students also got to enjoy the benefits of our on-site citrus grove by snacking on lemons to get a boost of Vitamin…

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Onions as Protection and Pickling Madness, oh my.

Learning about ways to organically protect our garden from harmful pest while growing tasty crops, students in the Hollywood Schoolhouse garden classes planted onion starts. Students also hunted for and harvested Nasturtium seeds to pickle. We are looking forward to that tasty treat!  

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Multi-Lingual Garden Project

Roosevelt High School garden students have started to label their garden to represent the many languages spoken on campus. So far we have signs in Spanish, English, and Farsi.

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Garden Investigation

The second-grade class at Magnolia started their garden rotation got a chance to investigate the garden and document their finding based on: Today in the Garden, I can see…; I can smell…; I can feel…

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Week to Week Charting Growth at Magnolia

Students at Magnolia Avenue Elementary have put their math skills to work in the garden. Every week students measure growth of their plants, recording height in inches and how many leaves, in order to chart the plant’s rate of growth.     We’ve also starting tasting the garden with our winter crops of various greens.

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Sense Exploration at Magnolia Avenue Elementary

Garden students at Magnolia Avenue Elementary learn using four of their senses (sight, touch, smell and hearing), to learn in the garden. Both hands-on in the garden (feeling and smelling plants) and table work (exploring different seeds), offer students opportunity to be creative in their learning.    

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How Our Beans Grow

With the lasting hot days, our new garden bed at Selma Avenue Elementary is flourishing. Our beans have grown taller than even Garden Ranger Flo! Giving us a great opportunity to watch the seed to seed plant lifecycle firsthand. We are also always planting new seeds in our garden, ensuring a constant rotation of growing…

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Garden Learning through Reading @ Selma!

At Selma Avenue Elementary, we use a mix of tools and styles in garden class, including reading comprehension and art, to help us learn. Small groups spent time reading aloud to each other and then report back to the larger class on their findings. In this way, we’ve learned about how seeds travel, the importance…

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Garden Learning through Technology at Melrose

Mr. Whalen’s first grade garden friends put their technological skills to work in the Melrose garden. As part of their garden lessons, students took video and photographs week by week. They captured information on everything, from the structure of leaves to the importance of flowers! They created a final overview of our six weeks together,…

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The Great Jack-O-Lantern Compost Experiment Part II

Returning to our Great Jack-O-Latern Compost experiment, Cheremoya students got to dig into the pile they built during our previous class to find our original pumpkins had all but disappeared! We piled more layers of carbon and nitrogen garden wastes and once again watered our pile. Our scientific guess as to what comes next includes…

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Math Skills in the Garden + Art as Deterrent?

Students at Magnolia Avenue Elementary put their math skills to use for garden learning. Taking weekly measurements allows students to chart the rate of growth of both plants they’ve started from seed plus existing plants.   Students also started an art and deterrent experiment (think scare crow for squirrels) to see what we need to…

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From Seed to Garden Jungle at Selma

At our Selma Avenue Elementary Garden, students plant seeds every week to watch the progress of plant growth.   4th and 5th grade students started a brand new garden bed this school year which has grown into a veritable edible jungle. Sometimes, luck has it to teach us firsthand about friends and foes in the…

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The Great Jack-O-Lantern Compost Experiment Part I

At Cheremoya Elementary, our leftover Jack-O-Lanterns and our compost lessons perfectly coincided, letting garden students get a hands-on learning experience. 3rd grade students stuffed the Jack-o-Lanterns with carbon (dried/brown) and nitrogen (green) wastes to help the process work from the inside out. The 1st grade classes then came along and buried the filled pumpkins under…

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Spooooky Garden Art and New Seeds Start at Hollywood Schoolhouse!

To commemorate our Halloween rain day, Hollywood Schoolhouse garden students put their skills to work creating spooky garden drawings. Starting with garden necessities like water, soil, sun, growing things and garden friends, students added Halloween specifics to their art, including zombie plants, vampire garden helpers dead plant headstones. Students also started need seeds in planters…

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Getting to Know the Garden

With the start of a new garden rotation at Magnolia Avenue Elementary, students got the opportunity to explore their new leaning environment. Using guiding statements, students journaled their findings while using their sense of sight, smell and feel. Students also planted new seeds to start their garden journey. We look forward to watching and learning,…

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Garden Learning through Reading

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary students put their reading skills to use in order to learn about seeds, insects and plant lifecycles. Each group of students took on reading and learning from one chapter and then reported back to the larger group. Also, this week of harvest included basil, kale and okra.     

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5th Grade Garden Experts

Fifth graders at Melrose Avenue Elementary have taken over unused garden beds outside their classroom to make their own. Starting with clearing out the weeds, students then added compost to give their beds a nutrient boost. Using their engineering skills, students then built and added irrigation lines to ensure their new garden gets the water…

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Garden Learning!

We’ve started off this garden school year at Selma Avenue Elementary by jumping into learning about seeds and garden friends and foes. Students were able to investigate seeds to learn about the abundance of seed shape, size, color and texture. Following this investigation students planted some of those seeds in order to watch, first hand,…

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Art in the Garden at Cheremoya Elementary

Using their art skills and garden knowledge, Cheremoya Avenue Elementary students worked together to make collaborative collages of an ideal garden. Aspects included various plants, bugs (both pests and friends), sun, rain, soil and themselves (even with garden tools). Students are also able to connect their labor from last year to this one by harvesting…

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Learning about Seeds and Leaves

Hollywood Schoolhouse garden students learned all about seeds this week. Using their investigative skills, students explored the abundance of seed shapes, sizes, color and texture to learn about difference that exist in seeds. Students then planted the seeds in order to supplement our new fall starts. Investigative skills were also put to use to explore…

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Measuring Growth in the Garden

Using our math, observation and documentation skills, we have been learning about growth in the garden at Magnolia Avenue Elementary. We collect data weekly, measuring height and width of the plants, and record the results, using our writing and drawing skills. We also chart the growth weekly to better understand the rate of plant growth.…

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Scientific Discovery at Melrose Garden

Garden students at Melrose Avenue Elementary have been learning about form and function of the parts of a plant through hands on investigation and art. We observe the garden on a weekly basis allowing us to watch, in real time, a plant grow from seed to fruit. Students record their observations in notebooks and on…

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Harvest Madness!

It’s been quite a month of harvest at our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden! Students gather a healthy harvest every other week to use for their on-site school market. This month’s abundance has included several harvests of celery, sweet onions, chard, kale, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, mint, thyme, oregano and perhaps the largest zucchini in the world!…

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Garden Riches at Cheremoya

Learning about edible this week we wrapped with garden snacks of Lettuce Roll Stuffed with Nasturtium and Borage Flowers. Learning about the different parts of edible plants, we harvested these Nasturtium seed pods. The pods will get pickled for future snacking. Everyone learns all the time! Even our garden ranger, who, along with all the…

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These Days, It’s All About the Harvest | Hollywood Schoolhouse

In preparation for the biweekly farmer’s market at Hollywood Schoolhouse, these days it’s all about the harvest. With our garden doing so well after the wonderful rainy winter and all of the students’ hard work of learning through doing, our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden just keeps churning out the hits. Clockwise from top left: Peaches, Zucchini,…

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Garden Reunion

Selma Avenue Elementary 1st, Kinder and 5th graders started a new rotation in the garden this week, giving them the opportunity to explore all the changes since their last rotation in January, including sunflowers, corn and wildflowers these students first planted as seed all those weeks ago. We got to have some delicious garden snacks,…

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New Growth, Maintenance and Happy Harvest!

With the changing of the seasons comes the time for growth in the garden. Students at Selma Avenue Elementary planted seeds before the rains came and we are just now getting to see the fruit of their labor. At the same time, students got to enjoy the actual fruit of their labor via a harvest…

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New Starts and Happy Harvest

With the changing of the seasons comes the time for new starts in the garden. Students at Melrose Avenue Elementary started seeds during the rainy days and finally had an opportunity to get those sprouted seeds in the ground. We also learned the importance of keeping our garden plants well fed so spent class time…

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Pest Control and Happy Harvest

Our HSH garden is growing great after all the winter rain! We’ve learned in previous classes about natural plant pest control we put to use in the garden such as marigolds to repel pests and nasturtium to attract pests and keep them away from other plants, so now we use that knowledge to help us…

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Rain Day Learning through Art

With another glorious rain day upon us, students at Selma Avenue Elementary were able to learn about the life cycle of a plant while making some great art. We added garden color to already existing diagrams of a plant’s life cycle and then added colorful elements that help make a fuller garden picture – friends…

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Rain Day Snacks and new Seeds Sproutin

Students at Melrose Avenue Elementary took our rain day as an opportunity to try out new snacks (seaweed stuffed with garden fresh veggies!). We also got the opportunity to starts seeds in order in prepare for our return to the garden after the rains. One thing we learned with our new seed sprouts is how…

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Lush Days and Learning with Seeds

During several indoor class days students at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary used a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, including – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success. After the rains, we were able…

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Rain Day Learning with Seeds and Lettuce

Using a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, students have been focused on mapping the spectrum of possibility with seeds – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success.   During these wonderful rain…

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Rain Day Lettuce Fun and a Happy Garden!

During these wonderful rain days, students at Selma Avenue Elementary got an opportunity to learn about the wide variety possible within a single vegetable using lettuce as a focus. We learned about how many varieties can exist – for lettuce it is over 87. how a vegetable can exist within a larger family we never…

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Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!

Using a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, students have been focused on mapping the spectrum of possibility with seeds – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success. After the lovely rains, students…

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Harvest, New Growth and Learning through Texture

With new classes coming into the garden at Cheremoya Elementary, we spent some time exploring the garden. Focusing on our sense of feel, we investigated what is growing in our garden based on texture. We also observed new growth, planted from seeds of previous classes, to start our learning process about the life cycle of…

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