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!
The 1st graders came out to the gardens to see what’s growing, observe different kinds of seeds, and help harvest.
In the Garden Classroom, students talked about how the garden looks different in different seasons. Plants that just had tiny buds when they visited the garden last spring, now have large leaves that are changing to fall colors and starting to fall off. They went on a scavenger hunt to look for blooming flowers, dead leaves, seeds pods, and other interesting things. There was even a monarch butterfly that came to visit!
In the vegetable garden, they remembered planting small bean seeds last spring that are now very tall vines that made it all the way up to the top of the bean teepee. There were large bean pods growing and we saw that the beans inside were seeds that could be used to plant more vines. We saw carrots, popcorn, tomatoes, kale, and jalapeno peppers. We smelled garlic chives and lime basil. Everyone helped to harvest some vegetables that were put out at our free veggie table for families to take home at the end of the day.
The students also got to be scientists and make careful observations of the inside of some vegetables and flowers. They each chose their favorite item from a selection of cut open bean pods, marigolds, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and milkweed pods. They described, measured, and drew a picture of their plant and it’s seeds. Everyone worked very hard on their observation notes.
Thank you to all of parent volunteers that helped make this possible!