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WIN a set of Kellie Bollard's wonderful children's books!

Friday, August 10, 2012

We are giving away a set of Kellie Bollard's awesome books:

In the Bin and Worms – the Mechanics of Organics, valued at $32!

To go into the draw for your chance to WIN simply:

1. 'Like' our Facebook page

2. ‘Like’ or comment on the Competition post on Facebook.

Entries close Friday 24 August, 2012 - winner will be drawn & announced on Monday 27 August, 2012.

Only open to Australian residents.

Creative Composting - "It's like a forest!"

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Today during our composting activity, the children had just finished adding some leaves and water to the compost bin when we all took a look inside. We started to talk about the environment that we had created for the worms and creatures who would soon make the compost bin their home, and turn our food scraps into humus for the garden. We spoke about the worms not liking the light, and that we need to remember to replace the lid after adding our food scraps. 

One of the children said, “It’s like a dark forest”. That started me thinking what a great learning extension this would be, as composting is natures way of recycling, and in the compost bin we are creating what would naturally occur on the forest or garden floor. 

A resource that would enhance this learning is “Leaf Litter” by Rachel Tonkin.  Even though this book is recommended for 5 year olds, it could be used to support the learning and ideas of younger children by introducing them to the community of animal life that live amongst and under the leaves, twigs and bark on the forest floor or in their own backyard.


Creative Composting - Balmain Children's Centre

Thursday, August 02, 2012

We ran our Creative Composting session for the second group of children at Balmain Children's Centre today.  Some of the children had already participated in this workshop earlier in the week, and we were so impressed as to how much information that these children had retained about recycling and composting! It thrills us to bits to know that these little people now have this important message of "Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recylce" to carry with them right throughout their lives. Looking forward to meeting the parents of Balmain Children's Centre for our Parent / Information Session on 14 August.  Worm farming the following week too!

Bree & Michelle.

Parent and Teacher Information Session - Balmain Care for Kids

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We loved the enthusiasm of the group of parents and staff that we met and presented to tonight. Looking forward to meeting your children next week for Creative Composting! 

Bree & Michelle.

Welcome to the SHS Garden Journal

Friday, July 06, 2012

Thank-you for being one of the first to visit our new website!  

Michelle and I are so excited about the launch of Seed Harvest Spoon – we are having so much fun taking our Sustainability Programs out to Early Childhood Services and Schools.  

I think most of us would agree, that we find ourselves in an era where it is so hard to avoid constant negativity about our world – whether it is by the media, or in our everyday conversations with work colleagues, friends and family.  

It is our intention to inspire you with positivity so that you in turn, will inspire your children to acknowledge the beauty that surrounds us all in our environments – particularly outdoors, and share a spirit of joy and happiness with the people in our communities.  

This blog – The SHS Garden Journal is a place for us all to share our outdoor adventures and experiences with each other.  Sometimes we might post a quick note or a photograph, and sometimes we might report on something we think is important, interesting or simply uplifting!  We invite you to do the same – we hope to have some amazing online conversations and build a special online community.

Hope to hear from you soon, and we look forward to a sharing of thoughts, knowledge and experiences amongst everyone.