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Aspire Firestone Academy

A Plant’s Function at Aspire Firestone

What better way to learn about the parts of a plant and their function, then to actually handle a living  baby plant!  Aspire students did just that! Later we had a taste of their favorite garden food, kale with a splash of Tajín!

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Ask a Question Firestone Aspire

The first day of a new rotation are always so fun! This month it’s kindergarten’s turn in the garden and this group is full of questions! They explored the garden pointing and asking great questions along the way. “Are the orange ladybugs poisonous?” “Is that a tomato?” ”Why are the  roly-poly’s eating the strawberry!?” ”What…

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Monarch Madness-Aspire Firestone

Learning about the importance of our monarch butterfly population was a great lesson during our rainy day indoor classes. The kids had seen monarchs visiting the garden, but didn’t realize they had laid there eggs. I brought in some of the catapillars for a close-up observation. We learned about their migration, their diet and some…

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Poems, Powered by Soil at Aspire Firestone

This activity kept Firestone students engaged, moving and thinking! First, I placed 4 different soil samples and some supplies on 4 separate tables ( a paper bag, 6 pencils and about 26-30 small pieces of paper big enough to write one word). I then covered them with a towel. I explained they would be looking,…

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Manure Talk at Aspire Firestone

Today the students walked into a smelly garden. It was a familiar smell for some, easily identified by a taboo word “poop”.  Not just any old poo, but what is called manure from specific animals.  Today we learned that using manure in the garden has numerous benefits. Manure is packed with nutrients tha plants need…

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Aspire Firestone Asks “What’s Climate all About?”

Knowing what grows best in your climate is crucial to growing a successful garden. Today the kids from Firestone learned what climate is, what climate we are living in, and how we have basically two growing seasons here in Southern California.  We read the information from several different seed packages to determine whether the seeds…

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Harvest Salad at Aspire Firestone

The kids have been so excited for this day. Not because our session was ending, but because they were going to get to harvest, wash, chop and mix a grand salad.  Kids love to help cook, but just don’t get too many opportunities to do so. With our updated work space and sink, making a…

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