Things That Grow, Week 1

What a perfect time of year to learn about growing! Our island has blossomed with life; the trees are covered in budding leaves and gorgeous flowers and the bees are hard at work. Because of the mild temperatures we’ve been able to do a bit of island exploration every morning before recess. Today’s adventure was a direct connection to this morning’s discussion of compost.

During morning meeting we learned about the importance of making sure our plants got plenty of water and sun as well as nutrients from the soil. We explained that plants, like us, need food to grow and survive. The better the food, the better the plant. With the help of Curious George we were able to explain the process of composting our food scraps to make food for our plants.

All three classrooms participated in mixing and preparing 3 classroom-sized compost bins. We will keep these compost bins going until the end of the school year and then will transfer the nutrient-rich soil to a garden on campus. If any families might be interested in some compost for your own gardens, please get in touch with the teachers!

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After making our classroom compost bins we took a walk to the REAL School’s hoop-house garden to see compost in action. They compost in a large box made out of wooden pallets and then transfer the ready compost to a large pile before spreading it on their raised garden beds. We even got to taste some freshly picked spinach from the hoop-house. After, we took a walk to the REAL School (the former Dorm of GBSD) to visit their little chicks who were pecking and scratching at the bugs in the garden. The children especially loved watching the chicks eat and play.

We look forward to more hands-on and in-the-dirt fun as this unit progresses!

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