Nature Explorer

Just another site

Predicted Garden Trends of 2015 January 29, 2015

Filed under: Everything Under the Sun — explorergarden @ 2:11 am

Great blog!
How many of these garden trends will you follow?


Jack and the Beanstalk — Magic Fava Beans and Peas January 28, 2015

Filed under: Gardening — explorergarden @ 6:55 am

Our ripening Peas and Fava Beans in the school garden were an opportunity to re-read Jack and the Beanstalk. This particular wonderful version has a great place where the man trying to get Jack’s cow says something like, “I have these magic beans I will trade you for your cow. But be careful with them. I lost the instructions for them, and I can’t remember what they do.”

The children wrote instructions for their magic beans. They wrote about what magic powers their own fava beans or peas have in our school garden!

jack and the beanstalk story starter jack and the fava bean stalk jack and the magic fava beans 2 jack and the magic fava beans 3 jack and the magic fava beans 4 magic fava bean writing magic fava beans 8 magic peas 2 magic peas 9 Magic Peas story magic peas writing


Purple Cabbage Dye

Filed under: Gardening,Inspiration,Sustainability — explorergarden @ 6:49 am

I run two school garden programs. At one of my school gardens, we harvested the purple cabbage we planted  a couple of months ago and made dye for linen. It was a good opportunity for Common Core informational writing!

cabbage dye 1cabbage dye 2 cabbage dye 3cabbage dye 6 cabbage dye 5 cabbage dye 4   cabbage dye 8


Susan A. Olcott

Freelance Writer

Downsizing Dad

Discovering the mysteries of family as I help my Dad simplify his life.

Raising Literate Humans

Join me on my journey to raise my children to read the word and read the world.


Simple life with cacti

Explorergarden's Weblog

Just another weblog

Great Mentor Texts

This site is the cat’s pajamas

Ingredients for a Beautiful Life!

Nature Explorer

Just another site

There's a Book for That

Where book love and the joy of a classroom community are shared

Emily Louise Heard

Painting Happiness


Bring new life to your garden!

Reflections on Leadership and Learning

Sharing my learning experiences

The Reading Zone

I am a reader, a teacher, a writer, a thinker, a reviewer, and a dreamer of dreams.


A meeting place for a world of reflective writers.

Waking Brain Cells

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells." — Dr. Seuss

Nerdy Book Club

A community of readers

Bug Gwen

Entomology. Ranting. Nerdery.