In the sunny days before Spring Break, the classroom started to buzz with excitement from the first signs of spring. Plants all over the neighborhood were growing greener and flowers began to bloom everywhere we looked. Peeking out on our garden beds, seeing dull, empty soil, inspired us to start planning the garden!
We sat down and brainstormed about what types of plants we wanted to grow. The children had lots of ideas: tomatoes, peppers, peas, carrots, sunflowers, cucumbers, chamomile, beets, potatoes, lettuce, raspberries and eggplant to name just a few. We filled in a map of our garden beds and placed all the plants right where we wanted them. We had our plan!
Next we needed to figure out how we were going to get the plants. We did some research and learned that seeds need water, space and warmth to activate their growing potential.
We also happen to have a sensory table full of assorted beans, which we knew were seeds, so we got them wet, put them in a warm, sunny place and waited to see what would happen.
While we patiently waited for our beans to spring into action, we did a little more planning. We discussed how we would treat our garden once it got planted and made some Garden Agreements.
We got back from our week off and there had been some very big changes in our beans. Through the plastic bags we could see roots growing and on some seeds, small green leaves pushing out of the top of the paper towels. The kids were very eager to open up the bags and get them planted. We have since planted them and have taken some time at afternoon circle to measure each seedlings growth.
We went for a walk this week to explore the neighborhood gardens and get some ideas about plants we’d like to grow or see how other successful gardens were organized. We found a house down the street that had a very prolific garden. The children noticed that this garden had herbs, flowers, lettuce and an apple tree all planted together by the sidewalk. BS had a request for planting watermelons, little did he know that there is a packet of watermelon seeds waiting to be planted!
We hope you can join us for the Planting Party, April 20th! The children have lots of wonderful ideas and we’d love it if you could participate!