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Composting is Recycling at Alta Loma Elementary

November brought a lot of garden clean up and debris to be composted.  We also got some good food and paper scraps from a parent volunteer.  So, with all of our plastic buckets filled up, we started adding them to our composting tumbler a/k/a “the soil factory”.  The kids learned about ratio by determining how…
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Stewardship at Taking the Reins

Every Sunday I teach at Taking the Reins, a non-profit dedicated to building their four core concepts: responsibility, confidence, teamwork and leadership to teen girls in LA. Last Sunday, our main lesson was on garden troubleshooting and land stewardship where we made a list of things to do when you walk into the garden: watch…
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Composting is Recycling at Alta Loma Elementary

November brought a lot of garden clean up and debris to be composted.  We also got some good food and paper scraps from a parent volunteer.  So, with all of our plastic buckets filled up, we started adding them to the “soil factory”, a/k/a our composting tumbler.  The kids learned about ratio by determining how…
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Coffee With the Garden Ranger at Carson Gore Academy

One of the favorite parts of the day at Carson Gore Academy is adding coffee grounds to the compost pile!  The deli across the street provides us a week’s worth of their used grounds, so there’s plenty to spread around.    We’re still working on why brown coffee grounds are considered a “green” when we…
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A Watershed Moment for Mayberry Magicians

Do you know what a watershed is?  This lesson put the water and food cycle into a larger context, and together, each class added to a lifesize drawing of a watershed. Definition: An area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to difference rivers, basins, or seas.   We all started with a handout…
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Friends Hard at Work

This week at St. Patrick’s School, the littles came out to learn all about the hard working and sometimes pesty creatures in the garden.  We discussed the reason insects flock to gardens by using our three Ps, predators, pollinators and pests.   The kids played an aphid and ladybug game of tag and helped me…
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We’ve had a wonderful few weeks at Frank Del Olmo Elem. I’ve received a new rotation of students who were just as jazzed to be in the garden as the last rotation. After a few classes of clearing out summer beds and planting winter veggies, today we dug deep into the science of decomposition. Specifically,…
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Marigolds, maravillas, at Jones PC

With Dia de los muertos having just passed and the release of the movie Coco last year, most kids recognize marigolds–or maravillas in Spanish. (I quote the movie Coco, telling kids, “you know those yellow flowers, ‘I give you my blessing.’ Those flowers.”) They’re the focus of more than one gardening lessons. For one, marigolds…
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Exploration at Valley View

This week at Valley View Elementary the kids took advantage of the cool and crisp weather out in the garden.   The first graders used their five senses to describe plants in their journals.  They are wonderful little writers…my favorite descriptive word was “rumbly” to describe the texture of a leaf.  Kinders learned about the…
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Parts of a Plant, Pollination & Photosynthesis

Starting with the roots, we learn about Parts of a Plant from the ground up. Using our Garden Scientist skills, we first sketch and label our parts, including function. Then, we put our creative skills to the test and make our plants, with their four main parts, out of pipe cleaners.     Once we…
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Sprouts for the Sprouts at Mid-City’s Prescott

By Marina Frugone | November 20, 2018

The 1st and 2nd graders of Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences (the sprouts, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are the seedlings…) watched these radish babies grow from seed to seedling and last week we discovered why root vegetables sometimes grow hugging each other…like these carrots… Once roots start to grow and grow under…

Stewardship at Taking the Reins

By Marina Frugone | November 20, 2018

Every Sunday I teach at Taking the Reins, a non-profit dedicated to building their four core concepts: responsibility, confidence, teamwork and leadership to teen girls in LA. Last Sunday, our main lesson was on garden troubleshooting and land stewardship where we made a list of things to do when you walk into the garden: watch…

Growing in the City…

By Marina Frugone | November 5, 2018

Between Westlake (McArthur Park) and Downtown LA you’ll find Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, a high school made up of several ‘sub’ schools. One of them, the Academic Leadership Community or simply ALC. The after school garden group meets every Tuesday from 1:30-3PM in a small but oh so mighty garden overlooking downtown. From day one,…

Getting Kids Going with Composting @ Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | October 29, 2018

Kids are awesome! No, really, they are! They intuitively get things that take adults years to understand, and they don’t have all of these ingrained barriers. With that said, let’s get dirty. Compost. EWWWWWW right? Not really as it turns out, I only heard one “ew” from my classes and we moved on. I was…

Adjusting Lessons for Autistic and Special Needs Kids @ Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | October 29, 2018

One of my biggest challenges has been teaching children on the autism spectrum, not because they are different, but because I had such a limited scope of what these kids are able to accomplish individually. Initially, I believed that the lessons were too complicated for them to grasp, and after seeing how well they adjusted…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle @ Micheltorena

By Alex Arciniega | October 29, 2018

The kids at Micheltorena had a great time with our reduce, reuse, recycle lesson. Not only were the kids already fairly aware about recycling, but they were ready to get their hands dirty by helping me sort items we use on an everyday basis at home. After reviewing definitions of reduce, reuse, recycle, we laid…

Learning can be meditative

By LaToya Granados | October 25, 2018

As mentioned in the last blog post, we have been learning about what an eco-system is and studying the eco-systems within each garden bed here at Taking The Reins this Fall. Each student is assigned a garden bed to explore and within that bed, I’ve challenged the students to each choose one plant to explore…

A praying mantis steals the show

By LaToya Granados | October 25, 2018

We were enjoying a lovely day following the class outline I had planned. We’ve been studying eco-systems for this session at Taking The Reins and everyone was busy working in their assigned garden bed. All of the sudden, a couple of students found a rather large praying mantis hanging out in the lemongrass. This lemongrass…

Tasty Inquisition at KIPP Comienza

By Denise Villalobos | November 4, 2018

Our friends at KIPP Comienza had the opportunity to use all of their senses in the garden this month; to learn about and respect all critters that call the garden their home; and how the world around us affects the plants we grow. Students have been bringing their science journals to the garden space this…

How Lovely is the Science of Growing Things at KIPP Comienza

By Denise Villalobos | October 29, 2018

Our kindergarten and first grade friends at KIPP Comienza have been spending Tuesday mornings learning about soil pie (it’s delicious for plants!), the life cycle of plants, food chains, and diversity in the garden. We are very lucky to have a classroom available for our lessons, and the children get really excited when I walk…