Best Tips for First Time Gardeners

Great - you want to start a garden. I'm so glad you are here.  Jump right in and get your feet dirty. We all lean the best by just doing it.  Here are some tips, I've learned along the way.

Best tips for first time gardeners

Best Tips for First Time Gardeners:


1. Start small.  Gardens do take time to plant, maintain, and harvest.  Start with an area that you know you will have time to care for. Container gardening is a great way to "get your feet wet" into gardening. Only plant the seeds that you are willing to tend too.

2. Get kids involved from the beginning. Let them help plan and prepare the garden for planting. Trust me, this will help a ton with the maintenance of the garden and increase the learning potential.

3. Don't over think gardening too much. Your kids want to plant lettuce.  Throw some lettuce seeds in the ground.  They didn't work? Why not? This is LEARNING!!!! Next year, they may grow better!

4. Most plants grow better if you water them.  3-5 times a week for a deep watering if you are in cooler climates, every day if you are in the heat and sandy soils like me.  Water the soil near the roots, not the leaves.

5. Not only do plants need water, but they need nutrients too.  Composted leaf matter, food compost, organic vegetable fertilizers, even sea weed are all ways that gardeners replenish the nutrients leeched from the soils.  I keep track on my calendar when my plants were "fed."

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Making Connections through Pinterest

I'm excited to share with you that I’m on a podcast today on Oh So Pinteresting about Monetizing with Pinterest.  During the podcast +Cynthia Sanchez and I also discuss Pinterest’s most recent updates of Acceptable Use Policy.  

Before you listen you're invited you to take a peek at the amazing fun I had in San Diego with her and some new Pinterest Friends.     

Making Connections with Pinterest at #SMMW14 with Pinterest Consultants

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Pink Rice Crispie Bars

Cooking with kids is a great way to combine early literacy, math, and practical life skills all into one lesson.  My son is 4 and we have made the choice to keep him home for learning.  We sing, read, dance, and cook together.  Call it homeschooling if you will, I call it parenting!  It really doesn't matter what you call it, as long as you do it! And for the time being, we are happily cooking away together.  Here is our latest kids in the kitchen recipe.

Cooking with Kids Pink Crispie Bites


My friend gave us a jar of beet root powder, which inspired my 4 year old to ask for "pink" crispies.  I thought it was a great idea and added in some peanut butter and craisins in too, for a little twist. 

Summer Science Camp: Camp Invention

This post is sponsored by Camp Invention.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
  

Great for Gifted Students:

I am the parent of a gifted 2nd grade girl with a strong desire for knowledge.  She is the kind of kid who asks the WHY's and then heads to the library or researches on line to figure out the answers.  One day, she spent 2 hours making a list of scientific vocabulary words that she didn't know and their definitions (for fun!)  When I was offered the chance to become a camp invention summer 2014 ambassador, I happily accepted.  Not only do I get to do science with my kids and share it with you here at The Educators' Spin On It, but my daughter will also be able to attend the week long summer camp!!! HAPPY DANCE!!!! Better yet, with her best friend!!!! Double HAPPY DANCE!

Her reaction to being told she gets to go to Camp Invention this summer: "YES!!!!!!!"

Camp invention summer camp

What Camp Invention Is:


investigations - experiments - engineering challenges

Camp Invention is a week long summer camp for students entering grades 1-6.  It is a camp taught by certified teachers that focuses on S.T.E.M., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics.  Each week teachers will introduce 4 challenges, or modules and students will work in groups, which are rotated throughout the day to work on these modules. Click here to see more on what a typical day schedule would look like. It is the kind of hands-on, minds-on learning that I want my child to experience. 



A Team of the MINDS:

I have been a teacher in a school that hosts camp invention camp and observed camp in session.  Let me tell you, the kids are engaged.  They are talking and building.  You can look in the room and almost see the students brains in motion. They are a team, working together to solve real world problems.  As a teacher, I was always amazed at the camp participants projects.  As a parent, I am so excited that my daughter will have the opportunity this summer to collaborate with her peers in team challenges, all while enriching her science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

Would you like to join me in sending your kid to camp invention this summer?


Register by May 16 using the promo code SPRING to save $15!*



Links for More Information:

Camp Invention

Find a Camp near you

National Inventor’s Hall of Fame

United States Patent and Trademark Office

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25 Activities with Lids

Did you know that one of our most Popular Posts is 8 Activites for Kids with LidsThere are all sorts of bright colored lids available.  More and more are becoming available on the squeezable pouches for kids too.  They are a great way to get fruit and veggies on the go and off season but you still end up with a plastic item.  What do you do with it? 




In honor of Earth Day we're sharing 25 Activities with Lids.  Let's see how much fun it can be to REUSE items to create playful games and Learning Activities for our kids.  

25 Activities with Lids   

Cookie Themed Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea (includes printable)

I'm participating in this sponsored campaign as an influencer in the Niche Parent Network & Conference  community. All opinions are my own. 


Are you looking for a quick and easy teacher appreciation gift? 

Teacher appreciation week is coming up quickly the first week of May!  Have you decided on a way to say thank you to your child's teacher?  We've shared so many of our favorite teacher gift ideas on The Educators' Spin On It. 

Cookie Themed Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea

This year we were looking for a quick way to reach out to several teachers at my daughter's school.  Just a simple gesture as a way of saying thank you for being there each day for my child and encouraging her in the amazing ways that they do.  Then we found a fun idea.... COOKIES!  

School Age Activities for Parents on Pinterest {After School Linky Party Week 16}



Are you looking for ideas for your elementary school age child? 




We're excited to share that you can find Activities that support Science, Reading, Math, Writing, Social Studies, Arts, Performing Arts, Parenting and MORE all in one spot on our After School Pinterest Board.  Over the past two year we've invited over 40 Exclusive Kid Bloggers to share their ideas they create onto our After School Pinterest Board.  Are you Following it? 

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This post is sponsored by Seventh Generation.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Are you a GREEN Superhero?


Earth Day is almost here!  It’s on April 22. 
Do you have any special plans to honor it? 

 For Earth Day you can…..

Most Importantly this year YOU CAN BECOME a Green Superhero

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