Kindergarteners plant garlic and crocus bulbs

It was a great time had by all. The students loved getting their hands in the dirt, planting crocuses, and are already looking forward to the spring to see their flowers bloom.

The children discovered the many varying types of seeds, learned about how similar or different they were and where to find them in fruit, vegetables and flowers.

They became little scientists when asked to draw their favorite, showing where the seeds were.

The students loved exploring the garden classroom searching for all the wonderful items on their scavenger sheets such as seed pods, mushrooms, ferns, fall colored leaves and dried up flowers.

In the vegetable garden, we did a few of the tasks that farmers do in the fall. We harvested some lettuce and radishes. Then we planted garlic. Most of the food we grow is planted in the spring, but garlic, like crocus bulbs, is planted in the fall. We made sure to plant our cloves with the shoot end pointing up and the root end pointing down. We can’t wait to see the green shoot start to come up in early spring!

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for making this possible!

Spring Kindergarten Garden Activities

Seeds! Both in the classroom and in the garden, the kindergarten classes are learning about seeds. We examined some dormant and sprouting beans seeds, looked at a felt model of a bean seed to see how all the parts of the plant unfold out of the seed coat, drew pictures of bean seeds sprouting, and planted some bean seeds to watch grow in the classroom.

We looked at seeds from different types of plants along with pictures of what they grow into. There were big seeds like potatoes and garlic. Seeds we see when we eat the foods, like tomato,  cucumber, and peas. And tiny seeds that we never see because we usually pick them to eat before the seeds form Рlike basil and lettuce.

We also planted some of our own seeds in the veggie garden and the planter boxes in the garden classroom. Check out the sprouts that are coming up for lettuce, spinach, and radishes!

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who came out to the gardens with us: Christine Burke, Alise Schwartzlow, Megan Palmer, Rachel Pinto, Katherine Poulin-Kerstien, Shelley McCann, Carrie Palmer, and Valerie Belitsos.

Kindergarteners Visit the Gardens

Over the past two weeks, all of the Kindergarteners have come out to explore the gardens. They looked for signs of Fall on a scavenger hunt in the garden classroom, they examined the seeds of some flowers and vegetables, and they harvested carrots and kale in the vegetable garden.

 

 

While learning about farms in the classroom and on their field trip, the kindergarteners also got to BE farmers in our vegetable garden. Since carrots grow underground, they can be hard to find at first. It’s exciting because you never know how big or small or crazy looking your carrot is going to be until you get it out. They also learned that sometimes you have to be pretty strong to pull those carrots out of the ground!

 

It was fun to see what each plant looks like on the inside. Our scientists made careful observations of different plants and their seeds: tomato, marigold, pepper, milkweed pod, sunflower, and runner beans. They noticed how the plants and their seeds were all different shapes, sizes, and colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of things to look for in the Garden Classroom: blooming flowers, herbs, red and brown leaves, moss, mushrooms, and seed pods. Students talked about how this garden might look different during different seasons.

 

 

 

Garden Harvest Table

On Fridays afternoons, we displayed the vegetables that our young farmers harvested at our Garden Harvest tables. At school pick-up times families could choose something to bring home and cook for dinner. We had carrots, herbs, a few cherry tomatoes, and plenty of kale.

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for making this possible!

Purple Carrot

Nose Carrot

Mouse Carrot

Octopus Carrot