It’s Raining! It’s Pouring!


One of the most frequent questions I get concerning The Garden Classroom is, “What do we do if it rains?” Rainy days are really my favorite days!
Rainy days are the best days to take advantage of the beautiful Art Cottage. I have filled it with what I love best and reflects the spirit of The Garden Classroom. As you walk through the door, objects gathered on my walks and hikes in the city (mostly Balboa Park) and mountains are set up for the children to explore.



Here and there are little treasures that the children have started to bring me from their own backyards and outings. These little items are what I love best! They represent that their appreciation of nature is growing and they will never have to suffer from what Richard Louv describes in his book, Last Child in the Woods as “nature deficient.”



Various pieces of art are displayed representing our current investigation and several explorations from the past.



Being in the Art Cottage on a rainy day means a gathering of friends, surrounded by nature engaged with art, literature and conversation. As the rain drums on the roof and deck, we sit cozily together and make new discoveries about each other and explore our theories concerning whatever topic is “on the table.”

I set up the Art Cottage with 2 or 3 activities and which accommodates 4-6 children at a time.

The light table is entices the children with its warm light. It is set up with an art project or colorful materials that glow with the light.

A rainy day is the perfect time to work on an ongoing investigation such as our current project featuring rainbows. One topic we have been exploring is “What does the color indigo look like?” A committee agreed with Hayley who said it is dark blue. She knew this information because she learned a song about rainbows at her birthday party!


Another cozy activity available in the Art Cottage on a rainy day is a favorite for anyone… reading books.



So if you are ever have a moment, join us, rain or shine in The Garden Classroom!


3 thoughts on “It’s Raining! It’s Pouring!

  1. I love how you embrace the elements/weather and manage to still offer such inspiring activities, rain or shine. I too embrace the weather, most often as a ‘teachable moment’. Thank you, Francie!

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words. So often, I think of you and your magical patio filled with wonder and beauty created for the children to explore. You continue to inspire me and I am so grateful for your encouragement and friendship. XXXOOO Francie

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