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Logo of AdAgrA 2019: True Success

Outdoor Education - Part 4

Angela Boothby

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  • January 16, 2019
    1:45 PM
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Do I Do as I think you so much for an afternoon and Lord I thank you for full bellies Lord what it is a privilege to have healthy food and what a privilege it is Lord to have food and I just ask that and especially you be with those who are hungry right now Lord and me you you show them you and also a lot is asked that you help us not to be sleepy with overloaded stomachs and to be able to listen to what you want to say and you need human rights if you feel the need to stand I totally understand because there's something after lunch where you just shut down. Yeah like I'm good to go but I'm talking and so. You need to you so there was this I had mentioned this this is based out of Answers in Genesis so the Answers in Genesis is a great website. I have. Signed up for his blog and so I get can him blog about creation but as you can see this kid's education there's different stuff and SOURCES right here but I love his blog because it just randomly informs me different things that are interesting about some really awesome scientific things that I wouldn't have known otherwise because I just don't I didn't study super super deep into science. And then this is the curriculum I was talking about God's design for science. It's actually more expensive than I said though it is a 4 year stat but it is $300.00. But it is quite incredible they talk about machines in motion ecosystem. Atoms and molecules whether in water planet Earth human body plants. It's pretty quiet was looking at it when I was at the Ark Encounter in the New Creation Museum and the like whoa I want to buy this just for me to learn like fish is making some cool correlations and connections I've never made. So maybe we just sample one to see if you like it because I've actually never used it so I can't really sell it but I know that it does make those parallels between creation and and God and science I thought that's pretty cool OK All right so if you look and your letters from the garden. There it is there's 10 garden metaphors throughout here when I started going on the whole garden thing I realized that the curriculum that I was finding was a 100 pages long and I was like you know I could just see employ a lesson plan for each one of these and put it in there what the truth is it's probably better for you to discover each other I think I have like 7 or 10 websites for you to go look at to see which one fits you better and fits what you're trying to accomplish with your kids via than me having like this big giant stack of 100 pages from to you go. And so what i'm be seen everything off I'm going to show you is on the back pages says other resources OK growing mind that org I think this one looks so fun it's really well done it's from farm to school day and there their resources are incredible they have less implanted activities they have children's literature browse the titles they have local food recipes I mean I was quite impressed with this Web site indeed growing minds at work so it's at the back page of your other resources to look at. So I thought that this one looked really really awesome but as you can see they have like is the preschool and then they have K 2 and they have 3 to 5 and they have 6 through 12 so let's just take click and let's put on 3 to 5 and they have a lot of lesson plans so E.S.C.'s in food for thought in a pickle the pickle patch bathtub egg investigation an egg is quiet. So this is like a a lot of these Web sites are not just garden they also talk about like cows and pigs and like the whole idea of like where your food comes from so you can pick and choose which lesson plans that you find helpful. But I thought this one was really really awesome growing minds from to school. I don't think they have a lot of resources available to you as a parent who's trying to do gardening if you're trying to do gardening in the school I think it's really fantastic. N.E.A. is pretty cool too. This one is huge so let's just click on 2nd grade curriculum right there's this tons of them D.C. This is why I was like well it's too much to even like start to show them there's motions and patterns seasons change of her service life cycles in the garden garden skills I mean these are all separate individual lesson plans garden skills science food an eating system physical science reading and language arts math social studies that's that's all right there all those different lesson plans for 2nd grade so literally whatever you're looking for could probably be fine so that's really impressive. And if you're just curious we can just look at one worm box math so it's set up like that proper you know lesson plan that you were taught in college how to do with all of filling in the boxes and it just works it through very very straightforward how to do it and even tells us standards it covers but I just think it's really really impressive how well done it is kindergarten curriculum earth science living science physical science English literature art and. And as you can see it's just loads of pies and hot and of websites or a tons of tons of lesson plans and basically what this is there is a recess of a compilation it's not just one specific kind of lesson plan it's just all things connecting back to that because if you click on the east lesson plan look slightly different because it's written by a different teacher so it's just kind of a compilation of them but I think it's a really fantastic tool. That kids gardening one that looks like this this one is really cute I think I think they did a really awesome job on this so as kids gardening. They have webinars they have books increase your lesson plans garden activities really early childhood education resources designing the school garden. All those kind of fun things but here is all and this is kindergarten. But there's tons of different ideas for. The garden which is really helpful and even enter gardening when you can't look about cute simple straw variation hydroponic system. Bollix bond to do lots of really fun and cool ideas planting a flower clock plants a butterfly garden building a maze of Ivy a lot of work themed gardens Oh this is really cute so for those of you who maybe don't have the following gardening going on but you just want to start your own garden you could do a scene garden so you could do like what would be something that you would need on a pizza and then you could even grow it in the pizza shape if you wanted to and then you go you must choose in your peppers and it could be something that kids could be their plot like what could be your theme garden and they're just then it's a small scale and it's their ownership for this there is for those of you who don't have the full on big like you're not living the whole farmer's life if you could something else that I want to head on and I think I'll just start it now because I think sometimes we get web sites over and over you get bored so one thing that I'm really passionate that I would really think is cool is have you guys seen community gardens or you guys in areas that you've seen community gardens in your city that is awesome All right so not Angola balls not in my parents' little town by the town next to my parents in Allegan there is a beautiful little community garden and what they've done is they have this those little white fence and they have found that that communities with community gardens have less crime rates and then communities that don't have community gardens which is just I think really cool what they've done is they just have this beautiful little white picket fence and they they've built like the arbor the what I looking for like that are 2 ways that you walk into it and then they just built raised bed boxes and so I don't know I know there's like safety and everything but I think I'd be really cool if our churches could be locations for community gardens but I know that logistically that might not work out because often we put our churches out in the country because they're with our schools so then they have to be out and they're often not in downtown but it really close like the S.B.A. church it was like started by the S.B.A. church the community garden you know and people were coming to that community garden to. Help out but then they were seeing that the S.K. church and I don't think you'd have to be a huge burden on the church because it's really the people are just needing land and that's really the point of a community garden is just to supply a place that's not really year that the one going to weed it supposed to be honest with them where people come and work on their pots or not feel Cisco and pick anybody else's vegetables and I'm sure it happens of course naturally but the idea is you're just trying to provide an avenue for people to be able to work on the garden and so if you have an ability to start a community I think that's not a great way that you get your church involved you know to make a church I really want to start a community garden can we do it at our church or can we do it in our community you know I just think there's lots of possibilities for that was starting a community garden you know I think location is everything you know and I think probably if you expect a good positive turnout I have to have highly within walkable distance to be honest to want to have your kids want to bike down there you walk down to the community garden so you really like that's probably not possible for a lot of us that live in locations where it's just you know not possible but even those small little towns you know Goebbels learn from population 790 or something crazy like we have a tennis court I'm sure that and they said his car there's this random green space you know I bet that they would be open to me starting a community garden and then there's lots of little people that can walk into it and maybe it won't look like a big success in the gardens but if I take the time to make nice pretty white picket fence and nice raise Gardens which is now a massive project which is now a whatever project you want to make and I get my church involved as a church we're building these it's one or 2 Sundays you know enough yes I know the money to get the bores but I think we could find reasonable ways to make it pretty cost effective and then it's just a matter of people taking ownership of a plot you know but I think if you present it as a orderly and nice people are going to want to have buy in you know. So I think community gardens is a is and then from from the community garden stems all sorts of possibilities what about cooking classes What about how to use the produce and then your kids design a cooking class you know your kids write recipes down your kids are the ones up there cooking the classes and your kids are the ones. You know writing flyers to tell the community Well now they're learning how to to write a flyer which let's be honest there's times where you know I'm asked to write certain things I'm like I'm a writer wait a 2nd how do I word this how do I phrase it to like you know and also your kids are the ones writing the fliers and posting those around town and there's this really cool possibilities I think with a community garden yeah and for those of you who are doing the full on farming and farming and doing the marketing guarding you know that have your kid be the one to write the different recipes and a little friendly note from your farmer and put it in your box you know there's lots of writing possibilities when you're the one marketing things because you have to write up different flyers and you have to figure out how to phrase things in a catchy way interesting way and then get fun facts to poll and people's attention you know and then every time they write down a fun fact well then they're learning the fun fact and they're applying and they're like Well that is cool because I'm the one who discovered it not just my mom telling me that you know by this much asparagus I have this much more brainpower know what I found that mom we should be more serious you know that's just kind of the thing when they feel like they're the ones discovering it they're way more apt to be like yeah we should eat this and do this another one that's really cool is the the Web site is the whole Kids Foundation. So this one is huge it's a downloadable one and it literally takes you through everything you can imagine for a garden here you go sprouting sees a seed has a coat recommended pre-K. to K. 4 and it goes down has activities like for those of you who have like I have no idea how to clue the garden this literally tells you here's a description here's the background here's the materials Here's activity this is how we do it. And I think you'll find then there's this book which I love books and I think books are so awesome and they have they have a whole big list and you could try to find them in the library and they have beautiful colors penchant pictures that you could present out print out and they have games so this document right here is totally downloadable like you just download it and then you can print it but has beautiful pictures. Made for you it's really quite an impressive I think curriculum guide but yeah I was really impressed look at the ladybug cycle the butterfly it has the charts already made for you and it just has it all organized incredibly So I thought that one was super super helpful. So maybe just put I don't know a star next to the ones that you guys find would be most the most fitting for what you need for school garden projects. So this is another strongly educated based one and has curriculum. So here you go plant parts in their functions the disposal garden habitat were planning this summer garden is soil composition flowers and pollination principle game cars an additional materials. Another really awesome one. Oh this urban gardening so I think this one is interesting one thing that I thought was really cool about this one and now I probably won't be able to find what I found but it talks about power gardens and building and like making gardens and released small spaces and I was just clicking on in my green lesson plan after lesson plan after lesson plan so I probably won't be able to find it all there's your Cornell University someone was talking to me you were about Cornell University where you call it. Citizen Science a citizen science so she said that's well worth checking into you as well and you're part of like active databases and all those kind of things. So as you can see like I feel like I could go if you use lesson plan but only thing that's helpful probably was helpful is just the fact that you have a big list of resources that you can go through and that I think is really helpful but then I wanted to show you I downloaded a couple of ones that I thought were. Good. So this is all on those Web sites you can find it but this is stop the invasion. This goes really in-depth So those are you teaching like older kids for science it's really. High level that Asians to choose to live silent the how you say that but it has fantastic facts lesson ideas and then a lesson plan. That looks super helpful so it talks about like the invasion of different bugs that maybe you could find one specifically that you're struggling with in your garden maybe you have big problems of the Mediterranean fruit fly do do or the Oriental. Another one that I think is super amazing is this one so this is called growing gardens used grow garden less simply and it literally once again starts at the very beginning. About how to do it and this is how it works out introduction with or are you working with students in the garden lessons that can be learned the bibliography and appendices So lots of lots of really cool things. Literally really spells it out for you so I think this one is a good one if you're just having a small scale garden then I think that this would be helpful but look I think this is cute too that the preference survey you know I don't know if you guys are having problems with your kids like you know everything's like I like it it's OK I don't like it I never tried it and so maybe they want to like make a goal to fill in so many smiley faces of the ones they like in the was a you know and they're willing to try and so I just think this is really helpful but. Once again lots of introduction to the garden and then what you do and it has I mean even has games and it has garden journals Welcome to the garden club you know just lots of different ideas sprinkled throughout so maybe just pick one and try it that you're in a factory field and it works then the next year you try different one like that's the cool thing about a garden this. You just try again OK this one as a history teacher is one of my favorites too is it's from based out of California. And what it does that I think is so interesting is it takes apples OK talks about how it's produced and the history of when they 1st heard about this fruit or vegetable which I think is really interesting and the commodity value Well there's tons of math right there are possibilities right in the top producing countries nutritional value and then here is like the fantastic fact that unless an idea isn't a lesson plan and then he is off out I mean the history of Health also I think this one in super cool. Alfalfa activity she is if you would like I could just probably email these to you because I honestly a how after all my hours of doing this I can't tell you exactly which site was I so I decided downloading to look all this stuff is fantastic and I probably should a trace which one I got from which site but I just are getting excited because there's just so many ideas artichoke I read how quick your kids knew the history of autistics may be willing to eat artichokes. You know but how you'd go through this you're going to learn a whole lot more about these vegetables and things that you never knew even ever existed the history of asparagus is a member of the lily family that comes from a Greek language being sprouted Shute cultivation begin more than 2000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean ancient Greeks and Romans prize asparagus for its unique flavor texture and medicinal qualities it was the in fresh wind season and dry for winter use and the 16th century asparagus gained popularity in France and England from the other early colonists brought it to America asparagus was 1st played in California to an $850.00 S. in the span Joaquin Delta I think you in addition to the Delta today's production is central to the central coast southern California desert and Central Valley. So it's focus this much focus on the California produce but I think you'll find that there are so many I mean this $88.00 pages here avocado is are this will be final you know whatever. But there's these verses Superfund bell peppers. Yeah I don't really want to spend a ton of time just looking at websites but I just thought that would be helpful for a little bit because if I give you a bunch and I say oh go check these out you probably call they look cool but after I hope that I skim through them you're going to be like well they're worth my time spending some time scanning through them to see which ones I like best but once I started going like I just kept the Let's Go going longer and longer and longer and I was like well this is kind of intimidating to a parent so maybe you start next to you which ones you know would work best for you there or maybe you can play around with which ones are fine but I mean some of them have little videos if you're into doing now. But I love like the activity she's already made for you because kids love the little work sheets you know and so to go out and experience something then come back and feel like they started something and I was. I'm talking to I'm sorry your name Archie How about she asked me about the new album to science curriculum I don't know if any of those are using that I find that the log books are super overwhelming and really redundant and their questions personally but there's a lot of good stuff in them because they do make some Bible and Science like connections but I think the log book idea is brilliant for your children if you're trying to do a log book so what this 2 ways you can do it you can do that journal that I talked about those primary journals we looked it up it's called a primary composition notebook looking for K. to 2 and you can get it for $2.50 online an Office Depot or office supplies and you're looking for half the page blank and the other half page has those wonderful lines that your kids can handle writing the full lie in the dot in the middle so you could use that and you could decorate the front and just have different books for each of your subjects that you wanted to have one this is your science log book this is your Jesus Journal this is your English one whatever you want or maybe one at a quarter right so this is your plant life science one this is your earth science one this is your health you know who embody or whatever you want to work out to different journals but other thing that I don't choose because I love the little work sheets I love the little books so I just made my own log books I kind of stole my mom's idea really credit to my mother. And you buy those for $0.15 you can get them at Wal-Mart you know the beginning of the the back to school supplies and they have the different fun colors and they have those metal fasteners inside and they have the pockets and they're only like the $0.15 and then what I would do is I would just make different log books for every unit I was doing so sometimes I might have 3 or 4 log books per quarter but the kids loved having their log book and I found that was super helpful to them to have their different log books because then they wanted to keep filling the log books they wanted to be engaged they wanted to get out and collect information and come back and fill a logbook and that works for almost all ages you can also use that compositional book without the pictures on top and you can even find. Composition notebooks that don't do the huge big lines that this is a little spaces as well they're half blank but I think for all the cases just nice even have just those blank pages and just to have the freedom to do what they want to sell their book with. All right so other ideas for the garden is I think it would be cool to link. A spiritual theme your kids function well in themes you function well in things when everything is like so much in your brain it kind of gets all discombobulated so if you guys have family worship maybe decide to make like monthly scenes because we do that in the classroom so when I talk to I did actually a theme for the year and my 1st year. It was it was pretty simple it was a Cowboy team because I really love like horses and stuff like that so my scene was rope rely on prayer every day and we were like trick us on the horse shoes and we tied them on the rope and my my I found these Christian based. Christian based Baltimore several of cowboy stuff but as I grew more into nature based I like than I really was I picked a nature based one but anyways the next year I did I train my neighbor how to train and we redeveloped into a library and it was choo choo choose Jesus and they're like Diaz is my conductor and we're traveling the world around our changing missions and so like picking a scene like I can tell you and Holland there's train tracks everywhere so every time my kids would go over train tracks they like mommy daddy Huge shoes us all the best. Score so you'll find that when you repeat something it really sticks and their brains and so coming up with you know a yearly spiritual theme as a teacher or a quarterly spiritual theme in your house and that the worship kind of tie back there back into I think that's great so there's only 10 and this one for the garden metaphors but I think that you could expand into 12 or Also I figure like I didn't do 12 because Christmas time kind of seems to be its own time of craziness and plus maybe you just want to make things like take a break from the garden and do things around Christmas I don't know but this is what I thought these are really helpful number one is have a vision for your garden and there's not a specific like spirit soul like connections in here because I think they're pretty easy to draw through but I was an impact on them briefly so you have a couple like ideas of where I'm going with it but have a vision for your garden just like you need to have a vision for your life like Imagine walking out your back door into a garden that doesn't look anything like your dream garden maybe it's overgrown it's decorated garden paraphernalia you can't stand to look at it has no fruits or vegetables only you can find one or 2 to 4 hours that's what your life will look like if you don't create a vision so helping the kids maybe at the beginning of stablish What do you want your life to look like I do that with my English kids and their juniors and I say What do you want at the end of 2100 to look like what do you want to say you've accomplished and we break it down to 4 categories spiritual academic. Social and physical and that's what I work with high schoolers but for elementary of this might be different but I'm just like you know teaching them to create a vision for their life where do you want to see how do you want to see God lead in your life by the end of this year so having a vision for your garden is super important just like having a vision for what you want your life to look like and then if you'll continue to page for. Number 2 is you need to prioritize and just talked about like you can't have everything in your garden you need to protect prioritize what's important was same thing in your own like you need to prioritize what are the things that are important to accomplish in your own life you know and you need to help your child to learn to prioritize the things that he or she needs to get done as well what our priorities number 3 you need good soil. And I think this is just helpful for myself and anybody who's an adult getting your financial life in order creating cornerstone habits exercising eating clean getting enough sleep and personal devotions the clobbering you know all that good stuff I know as a kid my mom my dad was always threatening me that if I didn't pick up my room he was going to put a dumpster outside my door and a shovel or took because I had took a little pack rat and I love to keep everything and so that was a constant threat in my life Number 4 You reap what you sow which I think is an awesome lesson and you know there's just different bible stories that can go along to where you see that Bible characters for example prioritize what about Daniel he prior ties you know prayer you know as so maybe sit down with them and help be like let's figure out which Bible stories fall under these categories and make help plan out your year devotions a little bit too but just try to think what viable stories you know who had good soil. He embracing a bio character they had good soil that would maybe fall into that category JOSEPH Yeah Joseph had good soil not at 1st but he he developed and his pathway to long to Egypt you're like well I guess I need a heart transplant and he got good soil now it's for you reap what you sow right what we put in is what we usually get out anything you may think of any good Bible stories that would fall into you reap what you sow Haman. Samson Ruth. Number 5 is assess your car gardens conditions. In life when you set goals you need to take in cow things such as your strength your weaknesses your likes and dislikes your character and temperament the people who surround you so just things that's important to us as number 6 build a fence around your garden. They may say keep naysayers and toxic people at arm's length say no to unwanted commitments block out time to work on your goals and refuse to allow interruptions a distraction to take away attention away from the task at hand. Number 7 a garden means constant tending number 8 have patience and trust the process number in the eye and learn to deal with things outside of your control right you can't help it if there's a huge rainstorm and it just raise your crops you know and you can't help it if a hail storm comes along return evil comes along you know there are things that are out of your control that you don't have always a say in key to any bible stories where people had to learn to deal with things outside of their control job. Joseph you know job and the other ones Jonah Oh no US. Repeat harvest and then that's the amazing thing about gardening what I love is at the end it says on the other hand the harvest wasn't as bountiful as you'd like it to be or if some plant fails to bear fruit and analyze what went wrong then come up with a different strategy and try again that's called a McCartney This gets a child again and try again. OK some other simple ideas for those of you who do not have. That do not have maybe a garden going on and I think this is a cute idea about a garden in the glove if you turn to page 5 moisten 5 cotton balls using a spray bottle put 3 or 4 cities in the same type on each cotton ball and place a cotton bonsai each of the gloved finger tips so you have this cute little garden in the glove and then once they go then you can move them into little tiny pot maybe or bigger pots or whatever you want to grow but with with limiting guarding if you just have a smaller garden and house in house that your child is a part of or even like a small garden That's their area I think that helps you be able to graph and sketch and measure and all that kind of stuff too the big one works too if you're the ones of those people that are are living on the garden your whole family's in the garden lifestyle you probably older kids can handle the sketchy in the graphene but it might be a little bit to master if you're trying to teach your 5 year old but it's what you want to take on as well. All right I think this is a really cute idea my life as a fruit or vegetable. Basically what you do is you pretend that you are for us on page 2 you pretend that you are a fruit or a vegetable and you write about your life from the farm to the table which means you have to do research to figure out how that vegetable what it took to grow it what kind of transplanted to have and for those who aren't working on the garden I think it's important for us to realize how our food gets to the table right like how was the process going who picked it. Up where is he grown how is he harvested how is the chance period what good things that he offer How is he preparing cooked you know if you have this funny little story about a tomato got to get thrown into the frying pan and you know it is very creative thing but like it could just be the journey of what your fruit and vegetable takes along the way so another thing I think is super important is allowing your students to edit each other's papers which I've already said about so if you have time for that thing then back and forth is great all right before we move on as there anybody that has anything that they have found that works really well in the garden. I know what you know like this is the session that should be the most important but I didn't really know if there was a point of paying off like thousands of lesson plans and working through them each with you. So I'm happy to go over a couple more if you think that would be helpful. But I didn't know if just going over let them play and then the Guardian would be helpful to you or nah. So there's 2 things I have to answer the question for the recording they asked what we do with this cool academic calendar and how it does it really is not conducive to the farming lifestyle because it used to be conducive to sending the kids home to farms so to answer that there's 2 things one heritage what we've started we started our culture program there and it's still working out and what we how we design it is we we are blessed heritage we have 4 beautiful big greenhouses so it makes life quite simple I mean a lot of ways but what we do is we do winter gardening and so we grow greens. That's a lot of greens and I'm curious carrots tastes really good after a good process we in them up so we grow carrot and we grow. Kale I mean a lot of greens because those heritage greens that's what we grow primarily as a screen and we we supplement our salad bar we like to get big enough but we're literally in the baby steps of making we started last year we like to get big enough to be like marketing to our local restaurants and offer a fresh salad mix to see out you know in the winter but I don't know at this point House to we're going to be able to get to about how we've done it as our kids spend an hour a week in the garden as a class so they have member talked about like work in the morning in classes in the afternoon or a vice a versa what happens then is like the freshman have the 1st hour of work all in the garden and then they go to their work area and they separate out and then this then the last hour that work period is for the juniors and then they go and they go to the garden and they go to math class and so that's how we've done it a heritage to make it work. And we so we've just done winter gardening and there's a little bit I mean because in Tennessee you how I would say a whole lot longer growing season the Michigan so we are able to grow tomatoes and peppers and some other things that they can enjoy and because they're in the green house they can are growing season to last longer none of our greenhouses are heated we're trying to get to that point also we're trying to build a seed house. By baby one that we can heat that we can start things earlier in the season to be able to start planning things sooner and also we think would be a really good idea if nothing else we could become a supplier to other. People that was Have going to Wal-Mart to buy your baby seedlings you know come to heritage and buy seasons from us and we'd like to set up a store in the front we'd like to set of cooking classes you know we'd like to move there but we haven't done any of that yet and then in Michigan there's actually a 2nd grade teacher and village church. Who has started a garding program and she has her little 2nd graders out there in the garden but she is amazingly devoted woman who takes care of the garden during the summer and so she's pretty much like as much as she can involve the kids she's doing but when the season is done but she says they still get to enjoy a good size of harvest and they still get to join the planting is just not the cost of the process but because it's like at the end of June I mean BIG IS units with out in Michigan they able to plan it and May and then they are able to definitely reap the harvest is in August that she's tried having like parent sign up for a week and trying to do that like rotate through your classroom slightly a struggle but she just works within the school but literally and they just had a very expensive donation and then the whole beautiful garden complex at village school is beautiful Someone donated a whole lot of money and she started the other teachers infection weighted with this desire to have a garden. So you can do sprouts inside with kids you can do micro greens with kids there or there are some plants that if you start them like buy her from seed you can start them really early in the year like January February so that they're ready to transplant out like a new and some things that take a little longer to get going herbs and you can teach kids a lot of science behind and also so we've you know we homeschool throughout the winter because our busy season is the summer because we're market gardeners and that's what we do for a living. So in the summertime we try to take the garden opportunities and use those. To really teach spiritual lessons because that's what Jesus did like a lot of his parables were in the garden and the vine dressers and you know sowing seeds and I mean even just something as simple as pruning a tomato plant and you have to cut off pieces so that you know you have the one vine and you have to direct it and there are so many ways that you can make spiritual applications in the garden and I think that like that is like our huge focus for being in the garden and being out in nature is the spiritual application and then the rest you kind of get during the school year to feel like yeah the garden naturally lends itself to a lot of the spiritual lots of the I feel possibilities Unfortunately the way that the Lord has guided my life I actually don't have. Any experience yet working with my students side by side in the garden I did organize the whole agricultural program but I teach my that big long class and I'm girls in another that US and so I had that Hours don't work out for me to even be in the garden with them I'm just behind the scenes organizing the paperwork and organizing the hours and trying to get people in there but we have another guys and faculty that are down there in the garden but I do think ideally i'd be great every staff. Even is just an hour down there the guys I try on Wednesday afternoons This year I've actually been able to make time so when they actually need this year I'm able to go down there for a couple hours and I might not work with very many students I might work with no student just because of the way the time works but at least they know that I'm down there and trying to work with them and I think that you know like I said those who work together and play together stay together you know and so I think that's super super important. But I I grew up on a farm and we had a small garden or actually a large garden and so I went through the whole process but I can even say that my parents like we never had deep feel Szell connections talking about the garden but that love for or for fresh produce just happened just because we had a garden so I know that there's a lot of pressure to make sure you join all those like connections out of the garden but that juices like they do come they just might come later in life like the seeds are planted and I personally want to have a garden some day there's not a stage in my life right now I'm too busy on the road and I'm gone initiatives in the summer to have a garden but because my parents had me in the garden I used to think I was a slave and I used to pretend I was a fluke. Just such a dramatic childhood clothes but I had this huge long cornrow that I had to get finished before I could jump into the cow been to go swimming and so like I had to get done with the cut there that long row and I came or plucking we've been you know later in life when they taught me different things I remember that experience and it wasn't hard for me to draw all the spiritual connections and if you can make them while they're young a just wonderful and that awesome. But I think you'll find too that the conversation flows in the garden there's something ability where they are more in tune with their Savior and they are able to draw those connections but I am sad to say that I have yet to experience it but I'm hoping soon that I will get to start like actually being there in the garden with them think about your lifestyle and it's super busy and super crazy and really take time to think about those sematic units because I think you'll find that like we we feel our kids are also to great things and I've always said that like I'm made of lots of missing Well lots of little pieces that I can't really pinpoint any think that I really really been blessed with lots of different spiritual mentors in my life but those those times of big spiritual themes I can remember those and so if you really pick like this year guys we are focusing on dot dot dot and then you each month put back things into that the magic you know I think you'll find that they the years might tie together in their brain but it'll become really strong whatever you're trying to play and their brains if you just want to take some time and brainstorm a little bit about how you could make I guess probably just section out your year like be honest with yourself right you like no like guarding this from this season to this season and you tend to be doing what during this season do this season like make a little map out plan for those of you since like 50 percent of you are pretty heavily involved in your garden I think it's worth deciding like what's months of my planting which most of my day like this I take a little time to make a spreadsheet of your life and then you can start to think OK this is what peaceful faith here in this is what people do that so like right now is just make a plan of your life like you know pretty much in December you're doing a lot of traveling because you visit family or this period happens if I want to take some time and then I'll tell you after you just make a 12 month plan of your life then I'll direct you after that so right now just take a moment to make a 12 month plan planting your harvesting your calls evading you know. Maybe if you know you have some mean lessons throw that in there and if you know you already have those extra curricular things that you do put that in your 12 month play and anything that you know kind of goes into a 12 year time period mission trips I don't know what I. Was at Agra conference. You know that that's pretty much always in your calendar if you know what things that are in your calendar try to put them on there so I see you made your 12 month plan. Maybe instead of starting in January like you typically start a year Id like be open to your spiritual seem starting when you have spring springtime planting or when you start starting those seeds and start your year from that point which might feel funny and kind of different but if you change your your your mind says like this is a new beginning when we start our garden and then when we harvest our garden and then you have this little vacation time and so the summer vacation being a time like I think it is important you know the Israelites celebrated different harvest is right in so like having that time where you like celebrate I know for me growing up as a farmer started when it was winter time I was super excited because my dad was coming in early or my dad was done with work soon or he was an all night driving the tractor because we grew up bailing hay and so like he would literally drive all night to mow the hay go to work the next day then come home and be out way raking it or telling it whatever needs to be done and then like the next day or 2 we were all out Baylen as a family you know it was a good life don't get me wrong I don't have any complaints but I was so excited when she came in because then I felt like my dad who played games with me during wintertime and there was there was lots of 5 times to be had so when you thinking about your lesson plans and those for science areas you know think about the stuff that is really conducive to be inside and include daddy into it because I think that sometimes a hard factor is to get that involved in the lesson planning OK maybe less Opperman lesson planning but in the carrying out of the curriculum you know but if you if you sucks a 2nd in your life out to live more the farmer's calendar instead of that that January December calendar then you're also kind of maybe even staying away from that buzz of the Christmas holiday or the or that pressure to be like now a few years now there's no we live a calendar according to the world around me that changing in developing right like now it's springtime and then it and then it's summer and then it's fall and then it's rest time you know and maybe even think about your spiritual time being something different during that rest. Maybe it's more they get to decide you know what maybe this not all going back to that specialty maybe it's just they get to develop with God on their own and then once again you hit the seam starting spring and then you harvest you know you think about even doing activities and your devotion life that correlate with that so right like maybe for outreach you're doing planting seeds so you're thinking about vandalism projects that are planting seeds and then you're doing like a harvest thing in your community at harvest time that also is like maybe a harvest for the seas that you're kids have planted you know like try to try to make your devotional life and your spiritual mission life model what you're doing in the garden so they also say you know I know that can be hectic because harvest time is crazy like I don't have time to plan a huge harvest of you know that can be really intimidating but maybe it could be some something smaller and simple like a fall festival at your house or something where people come over and they help you pick or I don't know what would fit into your lifestyle but I say if you're if you're a farmer live like a farmer you know and help them to be like yeah this is what I do more school or this is what I do less for this is school and site or this is school outside or. You know hit the workbooks harder at a different time and then let you know up ways like exploratory time this is why I have a science science simply because then I can match the season in the weather patterns easier than when I try to make my math or my reading of the English All right. That is our time unless anyone has anything else they want to add Oh you feel cheated I know this is our cultural conference and everything's you out about the garden but I just find that and general there's a lot to be learned in nature and in the garden and it doesn't have to be limited to to the garden at all and I hope that these resources are extremely helpful when I was looking at the and I'm seriously probably when I get home back to Heritage I'm going to print off every single one and put them on classic pages and just see which ones I want to sort through. But I just figure to be too much to just you know just go over wanted to lesson plans with you and there's literally hundreds out there available and you'll be like actually this is what we're talking about and if you just meet you know whether your 12 month plan just made one or 2 lesson plans once a month that was specifically designed with a guard I think you feel like you achieved something you know that little manageable and I think you'll be out the end of the year like you got something done at harvest time or so because this time this media was brought to you by audio person a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio version or you would like to listen to more sermons leave this W W W dot audio 1st dog or.

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