It’s been some months since anything has made its way to this World of Wide Webs, but that is not in any way indicative of inactivity in the garden or Outdoor Classroom. There is lots to report from the fall and winter…It’s hard to believe we are only 3 weeks away from the Spring Equinox.
The late fall/early winter was filled with 8 awesome weeks of classes with older students (3rd thru 5th grade).
3rd graders learned about Arthropods, adaptation, habitats and had fun making art with garden-found paintbrushes, infusing Olive Oil with Rosemary and Lavender, and making homemade herb butter!
4th Graders in Ms. King’s class learned about Native California Plants and planted a Native Garden in the front of the school on Carolina street.
One group of 5th Graders did a nature-based writing unit, drawing inspiration from the natural world for various types of writing; poetry, response to literature, expository writing (“how-to” plant a bulb, build a mini terrarium etc.) and finally a ‘food critic’ style review of a homemade garden salad.
Other 5th graders have delved into the awesome, mind-blowing world of Vascular Plants...students continue to keep me on my toes with their remarkable, scientific and inquisitive questions!
Younger grades began their second 8 week cycle a few weeks ago and have been looking closely at worms, practicing their research skills, and beginning to study life cycles of different garden critters. Kindergartners are sharpening their senses by participating in activities that have them safely and joyfully smelling, touching, seeing, hearing and tasting things in the garden.
Look out for photos from garden class times, nature based recess activities and a new second grade ‘mini food farm’ project soon!
As always, please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, feedback and most especially, an interest in getting involved!