Friday, April 20, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Enjoy seeing: green bean tepee, swimming pool salad garden, potatoes growing in a laundry basket and a straw bale herb cutting garden to name a few of the unique ways we have discovered to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for our families.
With the support of Carris Reels, where Dale is General Manager, he worked with his employer, organizations, companies, and individuals to support him in the effort all the while training diligently to run and complete the 26.2 mile race. In his efforts Dale successfully completed the marathon and raised over $4,300 for the Partnership for Children.
This funding will be used to enhance “Wellness and Literacy” activities promoted and offered by the Partnership for Children. This will be funding source that will be used throughout the upcoming years for activities such as the upcoming “Family Fun Fitness Day” (formerly Spring Fling) at Matheson Park on Thursday, May 17th from 4:30 to 6:30. The Partnership for Children will provide books on health and fitness to children attending the event.
The Partnership for Children will collaborate with the Alexander County Public Library to offer health and fitness books for children at local child care centers and preschool. During visits by Ms. Mel, Children’s Librarian, books will be distributed for children to take home and share.
Reach Out and Read's evidence-based model is included in regular pediatric checkups by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5. Families served by Reach Out and Read program read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and better prepared to achieve their potential.
Creative Curriculum is a research-based system that offers comprehensive resources to help early childhood educators build exceptional high-quality programs. Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive collection of knowledge-building and daily practice resources explaining the “what,” “why,” and “how” of teaching.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Six bamboo stalks were used to form the tee pee. Gather all of the stalks together and using strong string, twine, etc. weave in an out of each stalk to from a a tight space for the stalks to stand up together. Stand the tee pee upright and form the triangular shape adjusting the width of the legs. It is helpful to have two pairs of hands for this. If the tepee is loose at the top where you have wrapped with string, re wrap.......it took us three attempts to get the tightness that was needed.
Form a hole in the straw bale and fill it with soil. Insert the newspaper planter . Cover with soil. Water.
We removed the newspaper cup from one of the plants and planted directly in the straw bale.
Wrap string around the bamboo to give the bean stalk something to vine onto. We placed three plants in each straw bale. According to the seed packet, our plants should produce beans in 54 days.