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End of week 3 beans!

101_5587 At the end of this week, week 3, the runners finally took off!  All four of the bean seeds came up, so now it is just a waiting game.  Beans are one of the easiest plants to start indoors.  This experiment is like the snap pea one, in which the beans will not be transplanted outdoors.  So I hope the plant will produce some nice green beans. 🙂

101_5585 I also enjoy being able to see the roots!  Children can really benefit from getting to see the root systems with indoor plantings.  When we grow things outdoors we don’t see what happens underneath the ground, so being able to see what the entire plant looks like takes away the mystery and misconceptions young minds will often have.  Don’t worry, they fill in where they don’t understand.  It’s just that those assumptions are very creative and not very realistic. 🙂

101_5584 I have been only watering this jar ever other day.  And so far I’ve only added fertilizer twice.  So I will probably add some this weekend.

101_5589 One thing I will remember to do next time is not secure my beans to the window.  I would like the plant to be more mobile.  I like to measure the growth of the beans next to children to see how quickly the beans close the  height gap.  Measuring a taller plant next to children is also a great concrete and visual way for children to see the rapid growth.  Planting vegetables and flowers indoors really makes the entire process more accessible to young minds.  Children need to be a part of the whole process and not just he beginning and ending stages.  If we want to help children construct knowledge and build onto what they already know, we have to respect they can handle learning and being an active and responsible part of the experience.

101_5563  Enjoy your own planting adventures!  Please like and share this posting and share some stories with me! 🙂

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

The Marigold School of Early Learning




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White Strawberry Butterfly Cake

101_5577 I made a half batch of a newer gluten free, night shade free and dairy free cake recipe.  Coconut butter cream frosting and fresh strawberries made it perfect!

101_5579 The layers are thin but very easy to manage and it frosted easily.  I did not have to freeze it first.  I also found some cake decorations to add.

101_5575 I used my large butterfly cookie cutter to cut out the shape on the top layer.  

If you have any cakes to share please send some pictures my way!  Please share and like! 🙂

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

The Marigold School of Early learning


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Week 3 Beans

101_5569 Week three and my bean plant is doing great!  I put up the hooks and string in the window and hopefully the runners will travel in the direction I want them to.  I don’t think there will be a problem with the plant till later.  I just need to make sure I fertilize good.

101_5571 I only planted four beans and all four sprouted.  I think bean leaves are so pretty.  They are nice and big and the sun shines through them illuminating the green leaves as a bright light.

  • One thing I find fun with indoor plants as well as if you are outdoors, is to shadow draw.  Children love to draw and shadows are another visual they can explore through drawing.  I read a lot about using overhead projectors and light boxes for children to shadow draw, but nature gives us not only an abundance to use in our art, but natural light to do the same things artificial light can.
  • 101_5515 This picture captures the direction the light was casting the hydrangea shadows.  True, the children would have to negotiate who drew first and move with the shadows, but I think that is a great way to work as a team, possibly problem solve and collaborate.  The complexity of the object’s shape and textures will also determine the complexity of the shadow too.

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

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Young minds and plants


I’ve mention many times before in previous blog posts how nature is a great way for young children to learn many different skills.  Hydrangeas are one of those hardy flowers that never let me down as far as all the wonderful texture and visual discoveries there are to observe.  The leaves are dark to medium green, shiny, large, and the veins are very prominent which make for wonderful crayon rubbings and many more art infused projects.

The flower petals are clustered together and fit well and the violet color is so vibrant when they first bloom.  This particular type of hydrangea has a second stage of flower color.  Near the end of summer and into fall the flowers will change to a light green and dark red.  So this plant just keeps giving us many more opportunities to observe how nature keeps changing in front of our eyes!


My second week bean sprouts are another great example of why nature is so useful for helping children form strong foundations for future learning.  Once again we have color, shape, multiple leaves and prominent veins.  The roots are not yet showing, but I’m sure they will in the next week of so.  And being a vegetable, children will see how beans first form, what they end up looking like and why we enjoy them.  Counting, color  and shape recognition, texture from the soil, leaves and eventually the bean itself are just a small example of what children can learn from this plant and others. I mustn’t forget patterning too! 🙂


The mini marigolds are also wonderful examples of nature and the knowledge contained in each vegetative life.  These flowers not only offer differing colors of petals, but the leaves are a wonderful lacy work to count, feel, pattern and admire.  Being able to see the little buds form and then the flower bursting into something so lovely is also a good way to help young minds grasp the concept of change.  Many young children struggle with change, in their home lives, at school and any other areas in their lives in which they interact with people and the environment.  Change is an abstract concept somewhat and nature provides an easy concrete example. As adults we are always very much aware of how important routine with flexibility is and how crucial it is to pay close attention to the emotions  young children experience as things change that are not in their control.  I believe plants are a positive way to expose each to what change is and what it can mean.


I also wanted to mention that young minds will assimilate a large amount of new vocabulary as they grow and are exposed to the differing forms of nature.  Modeling writing, writing  their words for them, accepting what they give,  and keeping growth charts and graphs of various sorts, will all support early literacy as children put on their science caps.  Integrative curriculum strengthens the whole process of questioning, experimenting, discovering, constructing and working as a team.  The summer season is here and I look forward to meeting new friends!  So come join me in a continued learning journey at The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT



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Beans Sprouts week 2

101_5562  By week two of planting the bean seeds the growth is huge!  I realize beans are one of those vegetables that germinate quite quickly, yet it is still exciting to me. 🙂

Here is a look at the first pics I took.

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I will soon put up string so the runners with have a place to climb.  I hope my bean plant will actually have beans.  I worry since I am keeping them indoors.  However, not till this year did I ever grow things entirely indoors.  In the past I would have transplanted the little sprouts.  

101_5563  Please share your indoor or outdoor growing experiments! 

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

The Marigold School of Early Learning 🙂


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Magnet dolls and numbers

101_5495 For a while the magnet dolls were played with quite a bit, but after a while I decided to move them to an area more accessible to all .  I discovered that the wooden box the dolls came in was far more interesting than the actual dolls at first.  The challenge of taking the wooden box down from the top of the shelves was more appealing than playing with them.  Once the dolls were down play would start, yet when I moved them the interest faded.


101_5497 So to recapture some interest I mixed some magnetic numbers in with the clothing items of the dolls.  Sometimes simply changing how something is displayed can draw interest again.  And there are times when young minds need a little assistance with ideas to get started with.

If you’ve witnessed any fading of interest in your classes or homes, please share some experiences! 🙂

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

The Marigold School of Early Learning


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Colors and Shapes

101_5499 When I find certain materials are not being used as much as they might be, I think of ways to incorporate them in a provocation.  Cars and blocks are usually pretty popular, but sometimes they can be forgotten.  So set them up in an eye catching way and watch what happens!

101_5498 Another aspect of this provocation is that shapes, colors, matching items, and patterns are present.  Each corner has four mini colored blocks with cars to match the colors.  The four corners also contain regular wood blocks, two triangles and two rectangles.  Incorporating the basics for children to build the foundations they need for kindergarten readiness start with integrating concrete and visually appealing materials into their play routines.

101_5460 Carrying the color and shape concept over to another movable interest area to encourage further interest.  Sometimes children like a little more structure before following an inspiration for creativity with other materials.

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT 🙂

The Marigold School of Early Learning