On May 18 the third grade classes and many parent volunteers enjoyed a multi-sensory experience learning about Colonial herbs in our school Garden Classroom. 

This was a new activity during Colonial Day, a highlight of the third grade social studies curriculum.  

Experts from Mass Audubon Habitat’s Herb Study Group explained why herbs – fragrant edible plants – were so important to the Colonists, and how they were used in cooking, cleaning, and staying healthy. Students got to touch, smell and identify some important Colonial herbs, such as thyme, sage, rosemary, lavender, and mint.

Students learned that the early Colonists brought many herbal plants with them from Europe, and grew them close to their houses in a herb garden so they could easily find the herbs they needed. 

Each small group of students helped to plant and label a new herb in our school herb garden. Check out the herbs in the raised beds under the arbor – they are a feast for the senses! 

Using what they learned about herbs and their fragrance and healing properties, students selected a combination of fresh herb leaves to make their own herbal tea bag to take home. 

Thank you to the teachers and volunteers who helped plan and run the herbs activities on Colonial Day: Phyl Solomon and Edie Engel of Habitat’s Herb Study Group, Lori Anderson, Deirdre Walsh, Jim Reilly, Kim Foster, and Harriet Wong.