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United Children’s Learning Academy Presents: “Can I be a worm?”

United Children’s Learning Academy Presents: “Can I be a worm?”

Today at United Children’s Learning Academy (UCLA), the kids learned about worms and the fun and silly ways they help our gardens. We learned to wiggle down into the earth like a worm, and how to stretch and wiggle up into the air like a green bean. We triend radishes, red bell peppers, and carrots…

Fresh Pesto At United Children’s Learning Academy

Fresh Pesto At United Children’s Learning Academy

Today was the last class before the students of United Children’s Learning Academy went on their Winter Break. Our little chefs helped make fresh pesto! We picked lots of bright green basil blended it with pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil and made delicious pesto! Due to the rain and sunshine, the garden is…

Bat Songs and Thanksgiving Turkeys at United Children’s Learning Academy

Bat Songs and Thanksgiving Turkeys at United Children’s Learning Academy

We began our garden class at United Children’s Learning Academy learning about bats and their role in the garden. Many students already knew that bats sleep during the day, stay up all night, and sleep upside down. We also learned that bats are pollinators and pollinate such plants as the cocoa plant. Then we sang an education bat song and did…

Drawing Leaf Skeletons at United Children’s Learning Academy

Drawing Leaf Skeletons at United Children’s Learning Academy

The kindergarteners and 1st graders at United Children’s Learning Academy  explored leaves through their senses. We looked at their unique shapes, felt their textures (eggplant has fuzzy leaves and squash plants have more prickly or rough leaves), and tasted and smelled the edibles such as mint and basil. Next, we put on our binoculars and did a garden hunt…

United Children’s Learning Academy Presents–Bugs: friend or foe?

United Children’s Learning Academy Presents–Bugs: friend or foe?

    At United Children’s Learning Academy, the kids are learning all about which insects are friends, and which are foes. Mamie Green (garden ranger) taught an awesome class on identifying these bugs. Classes with children as young as 3 years old were out in the garden in search of all types of friends and foes: ladybugs,…

Little Gardeners and Lots of Fun at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Little Gardeners and Lots of Fun at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Vibrant colors will go from garden to plate! We’ve started harvesting and making room for the broccoli, onions, and kale that have been planted. We found strawberries! We tried hummus with cucumbers and cauliflower, and this little one kept asking for more even after class was over. We love trying new things and watching our…

Vibrant Colors at United Children’s Learning Academy Garden

Vibrant Colors at United Children’s Learning Academy Garden

Over in the Valley the fruit are starting to ripen in the tiny but bountiful garden at United Children’s Learning Academy. The kiddos noticed that the red and plump strawberries were ready for harvesting. Soon after they made the strawberry discovery they pointed out the purple eggplant, tall corn, green peppers and the season’s last…

Soaking Up the Sun at United Children’s Learning Academy

Soaking Up the Sun at United Children’s Learning Academy

The tiny tots at United Children’s Learning Academy planted seedlings just before the heat wave last week. Fortunately the plants didn’t seem to mind the heat. Instead they are flourishing and quickly surpassing the height of the children. The corn and eggplant seem to be the happiest of all!

Nature Boards at U.C.L.A.

Nature Boards at U.C.L.A.

Students at United Children’s Learning Academy made nature sensory boards using items found from the school garden. The items collected helped students use their five senses. To name a few, they selected fava bean leaves for their smoothness, radish leaves for their roughness, mint and rosemary for the strong scent.

Little Kids, Big Eats at United Children’s Learning Academy

Little Kids, Big Eats at United Children’s Learning Academy

The little tikes at United Children’s Learning Academy were amazed by how big many of the plants had gotten after the spat of rain. After a little exploring, Miss Amber’s and Miss Lucy’s classes learned about the different bugs we have in the garden. At only the age of 3 many of them could identify…

United Children’s Learning Garden Grows!

United Children’s Learning Garden Grows!

“I see strawberries,” little voices exclaimed. The 3 and 4 year-olds at United Children’s Learning Academy were thrilled to see the garden after three long weeks. They explored in the garden and made many new observations. They pointed out new strawberries, three-foot tall broccolini and colorful lettuce. The strawberries and lettuce even made it into…

Growing Strong @ United Children’s Learning Academy

Growing Strong @ United Children’s Learning Academy

The broccolini pictured above seems to be really happy with the unpredictable weather. The rest of garden seems to be equally as happy. The kiddos seemed really excited to see their plants growing. Many of them could remember which plants they put in the garden, even if they produced foods that aren’t part of their…

Kiddos are Recycling @ United Children’s Learning Academy

Kiddos are Recycling @ United Children’s Learning Academy

Today our pint-sized friends at United Children’s Learning Academy learned how to recycle newspaper and make their own paper. Each student chose leaves, flowers and seeds to put into their recycled paper. I think they are artists! They did such a great job carefully choosing what went into their sheet. Try this simple, in expenses…

Growing Plants for the Growing Kids @ United Children’s Learning Academy

Growing Plants for the Growing Kids @ United Children’s Learning Academy

The planting with the adorable 3-5 year olds at U.C.L.A. was a great success. The seedlings that were planted just a few weeks ago are much, much bigger now! As you can see, each child put a plant label next to the seedling they planted. This week the planting and learning continued. We sowed beans…