This Pretty Planet

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by Megan

Welcome back from spring break! Coming back from a week away from school, we all noticed new growth in the backyard and in our garden beds. Many of the children who attended Elm House last summer, are starting to remember where the raspberry bushes grow, how we have to be patient with the pea plants, and how it’s fun to guess what color a flower will be when it finally emerges. New grass seed is starting to sprout, which will serve as a comfy place to play all summer long. Children notice the songs of migratory birds who have come back after a quiet winter. They are tiny explorers interested in the details of our outdoor environment, in how things work, why things grow, whats edible and what’s not, or how a worm wiggles.


The change in seasons is especially fun to experience with our youngest children, who are perhaps seeing a Magnolia tree bloom for the first time or see the Arugula plants sprouting. The wonder, joy and surprise in how they experience the change in seasons helps remind us that the natural world is one of our greatest teachers and something that is in desperate need of protection so that generations of children to come can experience these same joys, live in a healthy environment and have access to clean air, clean water and a sustainable way of life. At a time like this when the current administration is disrespecting, degrading and making dangerous decisions that will effect all of us and this very precious planet, in what ways will we resist or fight back?  In what ways have you incorporated environmental justice and/or education into your child’s  home life? 

How do you enjoy the outdoors with your family? How could you share your knowledge and these values with others? 

This Pretty Planet Song   Here’s a link to a great song to get you thinking about Earth Day!

2 Comments on “This Pretty Planet”

  1. It’s such a small thing but growing vegetable from seed with Sen I am always saying how we have to give them water to grow, and be so gentle with them, and check on the all the time to make sure they are ok. Hopefully this translates into how we need to care for other ppl too.

    Super excite to see everyone hung sprouting and get a few warm days to spend time with dirt and worms!!

  2. Great connection Simone! We definitely use the garden as a tool for understanding “gentle” touches and to promote care giving rituals. We are excited for the warm weather and the worms too! -Megan

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