Saturday, December 22, 2012

Skating Field Trip!

On the last Friday before the winter break we took the BUGS students skating as a reward for being so awesome!
And they're off!

We took our time. For some of us it was our first time skating.

Some of us picked it up right away.

But everybody seemed to get the hang of it by the end.

And at least when we fell we knew our friends were there to have our back.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Worms in the winter

As the weather gets colder the BUGS gardeners have been exploring worms and compost. We traveled to Real Food Farm to see their worm composting system and toured the farm with Ms. Molly. Then we established our own BUGS worm bin. The BUGS worms are very well cared for by the students who regularly feed and name them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Modern Dance with the Caterpillars

The Caterpillars have been learning modern dance this week. We have learned about Katherine Dunham, and are experimenting with different styles of modern, as well as learning basic dance vocabulary. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Second and Sweeter Harvest

BUGS students compare sweet potatoes to see which one is bigger.

Our second sweet potato harvest yielded much larger potatoes!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Zoo Boo!!

BUGS students went to the annual Zoo Boo event at the Baltimore Zoo. In addition to the normal zoo fun, they got to dress up and go trick or treating, pick pumpkins, and jump on a moon bounce!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


A beautiful bouquet of radishes!

Hard at work planting a cover crop of crimson clover, hairy vetch & ryegrass
Ms. Linda loves radishes!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sweet Potatoes!

After a long summer of patient waiting, we harvested the sweet potatoes! See more photographs at the Changing Media blog (Thanks Mr. Hasdai!) :

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Colors

 Cherry tomatoes!
Sweet Potato vines spill out of a raised bed
Marigolds in bright fall colors

 Investigating the inside of a tomato


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Patapsco State Park!

 For a Fun Friday we took the Caterpillars and Tadpoles to the Patapsco State Park. The BUGS loved the recycled tire play ground.


Even the ground was made from recycled tires.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Tadpoles Modeled Earth's Layers

The Tadpole Group of the BUGS program started their year with me, Ms. Neta – the new STEM educator.  We started our year with an exploration of the layers of the Earth.  The students learned about lava and magma; about the mantle, outer core, and inner core; and about gravel, sand, silt, and clay in the topsoil of the crust.

As part of our exploration of the Earth’s layers, the Tadpoles created models of Earth’s interior.  The only guideline was to create three distinct layers – representing the inner core, outer core, and mantle.  Imagination was their guide when it came colors, since no one has ever seen the core of the Earth. 

The Tadpoles definitely engaged their creativity with this activity!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

September in the Garden

This year the BUGS garden produced over 15 watermelons! 
Enjoying a watermelon cucumber salad.
Ms. Neta and Mr. Martin eat some fresh watermelon.

Eggplant harvest!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Bountiful Summer

It has been a growth filled summer for the BUGS students - both in the garden and out. Now as we are picking the last peppers and planting leafy greens that will thrive in the cooler autumn weather, we remember our enormous cucumber harvest, searching for the perfect peach, and the first watermelon harvest.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Expert Shoveler