THANK YOU to all our beautiful families and facilitators for joining our children’s day celebration in the garden last month. Our hearts and bellies are so full from all the delicious food and thoughtful conversations set amongst juggling and cat crafting!
Each week we have activities for each member of the family, join us for a stretch of the mind, body and creative spirit!
Kids Yoga: 1 hour yoga classes for 3- 10 year olds
Adult Yoga Flow: 1 hour all ages and levels welcome for hatha vinyasa
Mom & Me Circle: Yoga and art for our younger learners (1 year – 3 years) and their mamas (or papas)
Ebb & Flow Yoga: dynamic yoga flow for experienced practitioners 18 yrs +
Weekend Camp: 3-12 year olds full day of activity based learning with special workshops around art and sustainability.
Our homeschool group has been hard at work developing their practical math skills, including estimation, inventory and calculations. So this past weekend, some of the homeschool learners joined with Nic’s Restaurant to take part in the Kid’s Flea Market at their 6th Anniversary celebration. The girls sold a plethora of second-hand items from home including books, games, old toys and clothes with some help from parents.
The day was full of negotiations, laughter and lots of learning (next time we will bring a bigger tarp, and shoes that can get muddy!) By the end of the day our hands were lighter and wallets a bit fatter. We are super proud of our young entrepreneurs and excited for our next opportunities to practice these skills. Already this week there has been talk of halloween costume creation, where to shop for materials and how to get it to market! Excellent enthusiasm captured by one of our garden photographer friends.
We’ve got a whole lot of fun lined up for your child’s October breaks! Join us starting September 25 onwards for explorations of Tinker Transportation, Wild Weather, Mindfulness for Minis and Halloween Harvest. We will be joined by our buddies at Auntie Orn’s Organic Cooking and some other very special facilitators for special subjects and sustainability.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the garden we host a homeschool meet up group with some vibrant international kids with a lot of secret talents. During our Skill Share classes, students step into the role of facilitator and create a class for their peers. This involves writing a lesson plan, executing it, and receiving feedback on their leadership. Throughout the process, children are encouraged to develop empathy and understanding for their peers, whether they are the ones teaching or being taught. It’s a pure and simple example of creative growth that we love holding space for.
This month we were treated to tutorials in bow and arrow making, Chinese fortune teller oragami, dance, facial sketching, balloon car making, and Pokemon molding.
Our homeschool group is on a brief hiatus for summer camp but open again in August 2017. Space is limited to 8 participants, registration open now.
Our creative learning camp is back with 4 more weeks of fun this July! There are just a couple of spots left for kids ages 3-10, so send us a message to reserve your space.
Last weekend our friend Hana brought her mom P’Sai, the owner of Love to Bake Home Bakery to the garden to help us with a special workshop. We got to work with P’Sai’s special baking instruments to mold icing fondant into a host of feathery friends. We rolled and flattened, cut and placed our fondant on top of the yummy vanilla cake. By the end of class there were little owls on a branch and also some ducks and chickens. Thanks P’Sai for your patient and caring tutorial! We had so much fun!
One of the cupcakes became our snack, and the other we took home to share with our families, mmm mmm good.
Let’s face it, we like to get dirty. Playing in the garden, digging up worms, paint ball, art explorations— you name it, we’ve tried it. So when Auntie Orn suggested making some of her 99% natural soap with us we couldn’t resist the opportunity to learn how to clean up– the garden fresh way. We used coconut oil, bio char, tomatoes, butterfly pea flowers, tamarind and more to make fun leaf molds of silky soap.
Thanks again Auntie Orn! See you tomorrow for eco brick making and compost creation!
This weekend we had the pleasure of hosting Auntie Orn in our kitchen for an all-natural shampoo making workshop.
First we recorded our garden fresh ingredients in pictures and words.
Then we designed our bottle packaging and named our shampoo, ‘Dove’, ‘Eat Me’, and ‘Song kran’ were some of our favorite titles.
Next, we added our ingredients to a large bowl to prepare for boiling.
Once the mixture was cooled, we used our hands to squeeze ‘Ban Me’ leaves and release the soapy consistency into the liquid.
Finally, we strained our fragrant mixture and bottled it to take home.
Thanks Auntie Orn for the visit, we can’t wait for our next Sustainability for Kids workshop! See you on Saturday for soap-making!