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August 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will sweep across America, casting millions of people into temporary darkness. It will be the biggest astronomical event America has seen in years, watched by millions of people from within the path of totality and tens of millions more who are outside it. Some eclipse enthusiasts have spent years preparing for this solar spectacle, the first eclipse to cross the entire continental United States in almost a century.

To the Farmers Market We Go!

When growing and tending a school garden there will be produce for students to eat and to use in meal preparation. Sometimes the plants are quite prolific in a good growing season, producing more food than can used. A portion of this food may be preserved for winter, but the rest can be sold to provide “seed money” for the next planting season.
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Morning Meeting Yoga

The start of the school day sets the tone for rest of the day. Many teachers choose to start the day off on the right foot with classroom activities like morning yoga. Yoga is a simple and effective way to get children up and moving while also proving a way for them to achieve a relaxed state of mind.

How to Get Kids to Enjoy Reading

People often overlook the fact that leisure reading is a choice. A child is not deciding to read or not read. The child is choosing among competing activities: Should I read, or have a snack, or see what my friend’s doing, or play a video game? When we’re talking about leisure reading, it’s not enough that the child like reading, and that she have a positive attitude; if she’s to choose reading, it must be the most appealing activity available.

Skype a Scientist

The goal of the Skype a Scientist program is to have students across the country have positive experiences with scientists and form a personal connection with someone working in a scientific field. If the program can teach a little science in the process, that’s an added bonus! What the scientist would talk about is dependent on what your students are interested in; teachers request a type of scientist, choosing from 20 different categories.

Creating Safe Play Spaces for Low
Income L.A. Kids

“Let’s Play Everywhere Los Angeles” is launching this summer in L.A., aiming to convert some of the urban spaces that children visit every day — like vacant lots, bus stops or laundromats — into places where they can play. It’s the brainchild of KaBOOM, a nonprofit that will build 10 such projects in the city. Many people think of play as a luxury, but for kids it’s a necessity to build the social, physical and emotional skills.

NCI - Napa Valley/Sonoma CA

Nature's Classroom Institute California - Napa Valley is just under an hour and a half from downtown San Francisco, and an easy drive from the surrounding towns. Our Napa Valley site sits in the mountains with ample woodlands, wetlands and open fields to explore. The property also features a river as well as a vineyard and farm.
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