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8 Handy Tips to Build a Learning Habitat at Fred C. Underhill School

 

1. Gather children.  Generate curiosity, wonder, and excitement about the idea of building something new in their playground.

2. Bring a dynamic, kind, and thoughtful artist in residence (Cynthia Robinson) to help the children fine tune and eventually realize their vision.Cynthia

3. Depend on civic minded, generous, and considerate parents, community members, and local businesses to help offset the cost of the project.

4. Motivate children to get their hands dirty!  Celebrate the dirt!

5. Build beds, berms, walking paths, and cultivation station.

6. Plant plants, spread stones, mulch and positive attitudes!

7. Water a lot through the driest May and June we have seen in years!

8. Celebrate a lot of hard work and dedication and enjoy the Learning Habitat as it was meant to be enjoyed!

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The results of our work creates stories like these from one of our second grader’s mother:

“When I was planting some annuals Nathan offered to help me do it! He showed me how he digs to just the right depth, how to take it out of the pot, etc..It was so nice to see him do this, because had it not been for that (Artist-in-Residence) program, I don’t think he would have shown any interest!! He was so proud of his work and he even came up with a little artistic flair to add to the garden (a flat rock and a little metal dragonfly statue I have). Hopefully he will continue to be proud of his work and water the garden and help take care of it!

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