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Wisdom
My Parents with Lena "There are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life."  --Victor Hugo The above photo is of my parents; a couple of heros of mine.  They have both spent their lives in service to others and they continue to model that lifesty...
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Outdoor Learning, Common Core and Collateral Benefits
A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  ...
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Planting a Butterfly Garden
My class in front of our new Butterfly Garden Ilse Gebhard, Monarch and Plant Expert Student Planting Student watering Helping hands One of the butterflies that hatched in our classroom Today, my students had the wonderful opportunity of planting indigenous...
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Adventures in Ithaca; Following the Liberty Hyde Bailey Trail
John at Bailiwick (Bailey's Summer farm home) This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit my son John in Ithaca, New York.  He is doing research on Liberty Hyde Bailey while working on his dissertation at a small cabin on one of the many finger ...
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Summer School
Monarchs #4 & #5, female and male on common milkweed Landscape By Mary Oliver Isn't it plain the sheets of moss, except that they have no tongues, could lecture all day if they wanted about spiritual patience?  Isn't it clear the black oaks along the path a...
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School Year's Close
Recess! Spring Monarch Eggs found in School Yard Russ and Students Birding! Outside in the field This spring we have had the good pleasure of going birding again with Russ Schipper!  We saw and identified several more birds this May than during our February...
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Spring
"Yesterday the twig was brown and bare; Today the glint of green is there; Tomorrow will be leaflets spare; I know no thing so wondrous fair, No miracle so strangely rare.  I wonder what will next be there!"  --Liberty Hyde Bailey Spring has again graced ou...
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Poetry Night at the Scott Club!
An evening of poetry reading at the Scott Club On March 7th, my students read original poetry at the Scott Club!  We read our poems to the Scott Club members in the afternoon and then came back that evening and read to family and friends.  We had a wonderfu...
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Citizen Scientists in the Great Backyard Bird Count!
Sighting a bird with Russ Watching and identifying the bird On February 18 th , my students participated in the Cornell Backyard Bird Count with help
from birding expert, Russ Schipper.   Mr.
Schipper, from the Kalamazoo Audubon Society, has come to North S...
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