Gardening|Outdoor Education News


December 2018

Melanie Mayo

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Early Learning Center
      ELC students enjoyed many outdoor learning activities during the cold winter months.
     We asked the questions “Where do bugs go when it’s cold?” and searched for bugs. For the holidays, the children measured with sweet potatoes and painted with spices from plants that bring the smell of Christmas.  They enjoyed a leaf hunt and making puddle soup with all of the rain. Finally, everyone reviewed pet care with our favorite class hamster Tubby.


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Lower Primary
        During the chilly month of December, the children enjoyed exploration with ice. LP students studied seeds by making seed information booklets and making seed art with patterns. We harvested lettuce for the cafeteria and spinach to use our culinary skills. Our favorite way to enjoy spinach was the “Incredible Hulk Drink” which consists of 1 banana, ½ c apple juice and 1 c spinach.  Finally, everyone reviewed pet care with our favorite class hamster Tubby.


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Middle Primary
      In Middle Primary, students have been busy!  The students studied vernal ponds and the life cycle and adaptations of owls. We continue to track monarch migration and planted a new strawberry patch in the rock garden. Also, the students learned to play “Wildcraft”- an herb adventure game that teaches the healing properties of herb plants.


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Upper Primary
     Upper Primary students have been busy with many activities and helping to maintain our school garden. Students help with many chores like watering the garden, pulling weeds, clearing dead plants, and covering plants in the cold.   They learned to fall prune so that perennials are obvious in spring and annuals are removed. Also, students enjoyed learning about water conservation.

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