First Grade Tends the Gardens
We begin the year by focusing on different seeds that we will be planting at the farm. In both the science and the regular classroom we explore different kinds of seeds, seedlings and cuttings. We discuss the different parts and the germination of the seeds before we begin planting. We plant many different kinds of crops: bok choy, corn, string beans, etc. Each classroom has their own plot of land to cultivate.
A chart that was made in the classroom showing how a seed grows.
Tiare plants green beans.
As our plants grow, we learn about the many needs our plants have. Such as, water, sun, soil, and space. We visit our gardens at least once a week to be sure that it has the optimum conditions to blossom by weeding and watering them.
To be sure our plants have enough space to grow, Drew helps pull weeds.
We use different tools to remove persistent weeds. (Martha, Jonah, Samuel)
When the crops are ready, we enjoy and appreciate the bounty of our harvest. We get to take home the different vegetables to share with our families. We are also encouraged to share the knowledge that we acquired through this process.
Brittni enjoying corn from the day's harvest.
Jessica harvests Bok Choy for her family.
We look forward to going to the farm. It's a wonderful experience to take an active role in how nature works.