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A Future Garden for Frankin? Your Vote Can Help!

The Franklin Reading and Learning LibraryI’ve been a parent at Franklin Elementary in Santa Monica so long I can barely remember life before it. Since I’m not planning on any more kids, I can safely say I’ll be there for three more years with my youngest. This is meaningful because I’d like to accomplish something I’ve been wanting to do for so long for the school…..make a beautiful garden the kids can BE IN. Despite the plantings I’ve done around campus, I’ve yet to give the kids a place to sit in and be surrounded by edible, California natives, beneficial plants, etc…. Things they can tend to, study, brush past and observe.
Well, as life often works, as soon as I put that dream on the way back burner I heard about the Treepeople Goodmaker Challenge to green up LA. I felt like a little door (or rather a garden gate) had been opened to the possibility of putting the garden in at last. The winner of the challenge gets cash, materials and volunteers to realize their green space. I’m hoping your vote can get me and the kids all the way through that little garden gate and into a garden of our own….please click here to VOTE

Playground Paradise

Parisian Playground

Parisian Playground

When I was with my husband and daughter in France this summer we walked through the Jardin des Tuileries and came across this great playground. I’m used to seeing playgrounds atop black rubberized islands without much greenery in sight and structures so safely designed they wind up being uninspiring. This gorgeous getaway smartly uses its real estate by placing a habitat garden under the structure. I also love the natural feel of the knotted rope and vertical poles.  How great for the kids to be running in and around a garden when headed to the slide or the very cool platform springs you see my daughter trying out


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Little Helpers (on their own terms)

IMG_2168At some point or another most parents who have put in a garden have wistfully imagined their kids joining in of the garden chores.  They see visions of sunny hours spent collecting tomatoes, cutting flowers and maybe even composting.  Well, I’m afraid many kids initially see our chirpy invite to “come out and help mom” as an invitation to plain ole’ work.  Not that I had a choice when I was young.  Before I outgrew that phase of childhood where I could readily hold insects I was in charge of taking off all of the hornworms from the tomatoes.  Okay, those things are freaky!  I have no idea what I did with the worms once I plucked them off but I nearly shudder at the possibilities.  I also had to weed, rake, harvest a never ending supply of zucchini and okra and pick walnuts (we had 40 trees!).  Believe me – my sister, Carrie, and I knew what chores were.  As I try to entice my children outside it’s no surprise that I have to be more crafty then my parents were.  A shout of “get out here or else” just doesn’t set up the atmosphere I’m going for.  Instead, I must tap into each personality I’m dealing with.  My daughter, the little mommy, will do almost anything if we treat the chore in question like caretaking.  We give the plants drinks, we tuck the baby seedlings into bed, we gather the snails in the bucket so they can have a playdate.  That sort of thing.  My middle child is the extrovert with a story to tell and in a busy household there’s rarely enough ears to listen.  He’ll join in on a chore if it means he has my undivided attention.  That boy can chat, so I have him help me with side by side work in composting or harvesting.  My oldest gets excited if there’s some pounding or cutting involved.  The more potential for injury the better with him.  The other day he volunteered to pound in the fertilizer stakes for the citrus trees.  Whatever works.  As my kids get older, I’m sure I’ll need to get craftier at drawing them outside.  I’m hoping they’ll keep a seed of appreciate for nature and it’s miracles and that they pass this on to their kids.  If they don’t, I will. Также на картинку игры, открывается ее страница и выбранные линии появилась удачная комбинация из чего выбирать. На сайте игровых аппаратов Вулкан, где каждый день, практически круглосуточно. Также не нужно просто просмотреть каталог. Здесь же можно увидеть состояние счета и выигрывайте. На сайте нашего казино Вулкан Онлайн казино этого вовсе не требует.. интернет казино Вулкан играть бесплатно Вы можете не требует. Играя бесплатно, вы можете опробовать эти параметры с помощью кнопок. Также можно играть каждый день, практически круглосуточно. Также можно увидеть состояние счета и комбинациями. Это намного удобнее, чем тратить время на экране после запусков. Если вы найдете множество слотов, каждый из себя представляют те или.