Thursday, July 21, 2005

Gardening Connections and Free Poster

In June I blogged about the botanical interests that my daughter was demonstrating. Today I found some really cool connections that classroom teachers have made with herbs, history and culture. The one that I particularly liked was herb gardens for different cultures and times. For example, the Ancient and Medival Europe garden is filled with good smelling herbs like mints that were used to mask the odors due to poor hygiene and food spoilage.  The site's ( May newsletter is like a mini-unit study on how plants have been and are still used in many ways.  There is even an article entitled "Growing a Musical Instrument"- a gourd rattle. Too late for this year, but lots of ideas for next!

Oh, and I almost forgot.  They have a free poster about pollination for classrooms and homeschools (we even get mentioned by name).  It is beautiful, shows insects at work day and night. Only 2000 available, so click and go now. If you are involved in a community organization or a co-op be sure to scroll down and take a look at the funding resources. You just might be able to get yourself a grant. Let us know if you do!


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