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Young Oak Kim Academy

YOKA students make HUMMUS!

For the last week of February, YOKA students got to make Hummus! Many enjoyed putting in all the ingredients into the food processor, and enjoyed trying hummus for the very first time! To finish class, we touched on some of the nutrients seeds contain, fiber and protein. -Ranger Cindy

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YOKA starts seedlings & make salad

Since salad making is one of the favorite things my YOKA students love, we started off class on February 7th, ┬áby making a salad and dressing! It was a day of getting our hands dirty and full of soil! After the YOKA students enjoyed their salad, we started our own seedling trays, we did cool…

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YOKA Students learn about COMPOST!

On December 6th, YOKA students learned what you need to compost, and what type of things you can compost! All students had the chance to write the 5 ingredients of a compost pile, greens, browns, water, air and decomposers. Then they learned the steps on how to build one, using what was available in the…

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Last Day for YOKA Students

December 13th, was the last day for the Fall Semester Garden Class! For the last day we did a quick review of what the students had learned in the past few months, and did a bunch of activities! Students made Bruschetta once again because they loved it so much last time, and did a bunch…

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YOKA students seed save and learn about soil

In the last couple of weeks of November, YOKA students had the chance to do some seed saving with our basil, while connecting it to our flowering plant cycle lesson. I cleared a small bed of tomato plants and had the students plant carrot seeds! Students also learned why soil is important, what NPK is,…

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YOKA students make Bruschetta!

In the first two weeks of November, YOKA students learned a bit about FLOWER anatomy. Many students were surprised, and even amazed that flowers have female and male parts with different functions in the same flower. The following week, we focused on hands-on activities. Due to the heatwave in November, our basil plants are still…

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YOKA students use their 5 senses in the garden!

Towards the end of October, YOKA students put their 5 senses to work by really exploring the garden, remembering the taste of the salad from the week before, and drawing them in their journals. The following week, all students learned about seed anatomy. As we “dissected” a lima bean, I explained each part of the…

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Always planting seeds at YOKA

To start off with the first week of October, students learned about the flowering plant life cycle. Students drew the cycle in their journals so they can visualize it better. The following week, students learned about companion planting: what plants like to grow along with each other and which ones do not. With every lesson,…

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YOKA Students learning about Parts of a Plant

On Wednesday it wasn’t just about, “this is the root, this is the stem,” it was about learning what each part does, learning that the leaf brings in food for the plant through photosynthesis and also learning the different parts of a plant that we eat, like a carrot, it’s a root that we eat…

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Welcome to your new garden YOKA!

September 13th marked the first official garden class at Young Oak Kim Academy! I welcomed all the students to their new garden on campus and we talked about some general rules to make sure everyone treats the garden with respect. We also explored the garden, and got to smell and taste some herbs. Classes were…

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