Our children spend quality time in our School Yard Habitat, a beautiful outdoor classroom. Students in kindergarten, first and second grades have priority when scheduling outdoor lessons during the first half of the school year, since they are not working on their Service Learning Projects until the spring semester.
To support the math curriculum, we did a garden lesson on patterns. To make a real world connection, the children planted pansies in a colorful pattern, in our Memorial Garden and planters.
Kindergarten children learn about basic tools used in the garden and about the basic needs of plants. They plant different types of fall vegetables, all beginning with "C." They planted cabbage, collards, and cauliflower! Some students prepared a bed for their 4th grade schoolmates who are participating in a Journey North Tulip Garden project. Next you will notice that students are working with flowers. Finally. the children have been "adopting trees." They have chosen a tree to watch and document at least once during each season. They drew it, did a rubbing of it's bark, sketched a close-up of a branch, and identified what the ground around the tree looks like. Kindergarteners LOVE to work outdoors!