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Who said going outdoors can’t be educational? Science and nature go hand in hand, which is a great excuse to get some outdoor time in! For parents of curious children, a butterfly garden is a great project that can be completed as a fun weekend activity, a homeschooling project, or a way to keep busy during quarantine.

With more kids at home than ever before, parents are constantly looking for ways to get the kids out of the house and involved in outdoor activities before the boredom sets in. A butterfly garden is the perfect way to get out of the house while staying in your own backyard. It’s educational, engaging, and a great way for your child to not only learn science, but also life skills through gardening, responsibility, and teamwork.

Not only will gardening benefit your child, it will also help spruce up your landscaping! Landscaping together is a great family activity, since it includes lots of teamwork. Working in the garden involves learning as well, as specific plants are better for certain environments and certain pollinators.

By creating a butterfly garden, your child will engage with the science behind both gardening and insects. Setting up a butterfly garden is the most essential part of the process, but after the setup there are many other ways for the kids to get involved!

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Beaufort County students in grades K-2 have a new way to continue their learning at home.

“Teaching Through Television…Learning, Exploring and Having Fun” is a series of lessons created through a partnership between the County Channel and the Beaufort County School District, the school district said.

The focus is on Grade 2 academic standards in English/Language Arts, math, social studies, and science, but many of the lessons will also have connections to kindergarten and Grade 1 standards in those subjects. 

 

Kids won’t be gathering in big groups around the Lowcountry to hunt Easter eggs this year, but this doesn’t mean they’ll miss all the fun of the holiday. In Bluffton, the Easter Bunny is riding around in a Jeep waving to children in their neighborhoods.

Meg Engler, a special education teacher at Bluffton Middle School, found her Easter bunny suit and its mask in her garage in Westbury Park last week and came up with a plan to bring cheer to local families while respecting social distancing.

For her first trip wearing the furry suit, mask and long ears, she drove around Westbury Park in a golf cart she borrowed from a neighbor. 

“I had as much fun as the kids,” said Engler, who has played the character at community egg hunts several times.

BCSDEight district elementary and middle school students earned perfect scores in the fall edition of a national vocabulary competition, and a student team from one district school earned an overall Top-10 national finish.

The WordMasters Challenge, the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students, holds three meets for nearly 125,000 students during each school year. 

Daughters of the AmericanThe Emily Geiger Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced winners of its American History essay contest.

Carter Lawson, a sixth-grader at Bluffton Middle School, and Cross Schools students Luna Rangel, fifth grade, Isaiah ‘Sonny’ Hicks, seventh grade, and Kaylie Thorsen, eighth grade, were recognized at the chapter’s monthly meeting in February.