Wonder Sprouts Helps Kids Become Eco-Heroes
In organic gardens overflowing with herbs, kale and berry bushes, Suzanne Slavens led my son and his new friends in song during the fall session of Wonder Sprouts at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. “Capturing sunlight, collecting worm poop, I can make a difference even though I am little.”
Soon the children jumped up and danced to the music, their voices rising loud enough for the citrus trees in the hills above to hear.
Suzanne is excited about the new winter curriculum for ages 3-6. Topics include making dyes out of beets and greens, searching for “gold” treasure in citrus groves and training kids to be eco-heroes.
Turns out Suzanne created the quoted song about kids making a difference. She believes active lessons in nature during early childhood produce huge dividends later. “Hopefully Wonder Sprouts will inspire a life long interest in nature-based scientific inquiry,” she said.
During the classes though, children are so busy making crafts, dancing and digging in the dirt, they don’t realize they are learning along the way. And the lessons seem to stick. My son still sings “collecting worm pooh” while turning compost in the worm bin he made last session.
The Outdoor Education Center will now offer two class times starting January 20th: Monday mornings from 10:00-11:30 and Fridays afternoons from 3:00-4:30.
For more information, contact Suzanne Perry Slavens, [email protected] 714-923-3191. To register: outdooreducationcenter.camp-master.com. Suggested donation per session: $10 – 1 child and $15 – 2 children. All 6 sessions: $45 – 1 child and $65 – 2 children.
By Kristine Carter
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