IN the beginning of the school year, the students shared about good habits while working outdoors. They reminded each other to use walking feet and talking voices. Children remembered to leave the outdoors the way they found it, unless of course they had been instructed to dig, pick, plant, remove and even eat something found in the garden! After this review they got busy working outdoors.
First graders explored our gardens. They had a "refresher course" in basic gardening rules and tools. Then they went to work, preparing the soil for future plantings. Boy oh boy, they discovered many, many worms (and had no problem picking them up to measure the length!) Some students made plant markers for their kindergarten friends, who planted fall vegetables.
First graders are studying the different types of trees growing in our outdoor classroom. They walked around the grounds, classifing them into two categories, either decidous or evergreen. First grade boys and girls adopted trees and made drawings and did bark rubbings of their tree, in fall. This same activity will be conducted during each season, to document how deciduous trees change throughout the year!