Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guest Post by George Pessin: School Garden Summer Reading

Today’s guest post is by George Pessin of School Garden WeeklyGeorge is a  Los Angeles County Certified Master Gardener. School Garden Weekly was created to allow students, teachers, parents, and volunteers the information necessary to start and maintain a successful school garden.

School Garden Summer Reading
by George Pessin

School’s out. Gardens are growing. During the summer you’ll want to inspire your children to stay active both physically and mentally. Reading and gardening both are excellent activities especially when the reading involves garden themes.

Multi-award winner, Dawn Publications of Nevada City, CA specializes in quality children’s books about nature. I have had the pleasure of reading two of their latest publications, Molly’s Organic Farm (ages 4-10) and Jo MacDonald Had a Garden (ages 3-8).

What I loved about these books besides the well-told stories and beautiful illustrations are the curriculum components at the back of each book. These can range from topics of discussion such as crop rotation and beneficial insects to indoor activities and garden tips.

If you go to the Dawn Publications website, you can also download activity ideas relating to the different books. For example, when looking through the pages of All Around Me I See by Laya Steinberg you can find animals, insects and birds hiding in their habitat. In the downloadable activity, Classroom Camouflage, students will discuss how camouflage helps keep animals safe from predators.

See downloadable activities by book here Gardening with your kids and reading with your kids about gardening will make for an enjoyable summer for both you and your kids.

Thank you, George, for sharing your summer reading tips with us!
Looking for more ways to garden with your kids? Visit School Garden Weekly  for lots more ideas. My current favorite is Edible Activities – One Bite Lessons Such a good idea!

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