Thursday, May 7, 2009

From the classroom to the garden

During the month of May, our five third and fourth grade Garden Science classes come out to experience the garden for two full days each. Despite all this rain we've been having, we managed to get two of our schools out this week - E.W. Stokes and Center City Trinidad.

We started out the morning with a scavenger hunt through the garden that took us around to find certain plants as well as parts of the garden that connect to our Garden Science curriculum, like our compost demo area. The students also got to say hello again to the worms that were in their classroom this winter, who have now returned to our vermicomposting demo area in the garden.

Next, we did a fun nutrition lesson that includes a healthy fruit kabob snack. The students learn that eating a variety of colors in our diet can help our minds and bodies to grow strong and be healthy.

Since the garden was really wet, we couldn't do any planting this week. So instead, we planted up flowers in pots for the students to take home for Mother's Day. We had already planted seeds in the classroom with these students and then transplanted the seedlings outside to their school gardens, so this time around, the students were telling us the proper way to plant.

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