Happy Spring! Before spring break, I took the afternoon children on a walk around campus to see what was sprouting, what was budding and what was flowering. The children loved seeing everything and collecting one “treasure” from our walk. We had already talked about how some flowers come from seeds and some come from bulbs, so when we came upon an iris I told them that was one that comes from a bulb. They all agreed that it was beautiful! As soon as we got back from spring break we took another walk along the same path. They were amazed at the changes! They noticed right away the trees with all the leaves where there had been mere buds before. They also were dismayed that the iris had “died”. I explained that the flower dies but if the leaves are green the plant is still healthy, a concept I have had to explain many times with their potted plants. They really think the flowers will last forever. If only! We are also seeing flowers bloom on the playground, so I enjoy pointing those out each day. We have our own iris now as well as some evening primrose and snapdragons. Taking the time to notice our surroundings and the beauty springing to life right now gives the kids so much joy and helps us slow down. There really is something to the old saying, “stop and smell the roses.”
We did finish our study on the vegetables we eat and what part of the plant each represents. For the flower we saw artichoke and broccoli, tasting the broccoli. Then we had eggplant, tomato, cucumber and red pepper for the fruit of the plant. I loved bringing in the eggplant because I often have a rubber one in our object box for the sound “e” and I wonder if the children know what it is. I was glad to see many could make the connection between the one in the object box and the real one. We cut it open and saw the tiny seeds inside and felt how squishy it is, but we did not taste. Then we cut open the tomato and saw all the seeds in it and the membranes dividing the sections. Then we cut and ate the cucumber. First I cut it like a dill pickle to see if they could tell me what it looked like and explained a little bit how pickles are made. We also talked about the seeds. Then we cut and ate the pepper, again, looking at how differently the seeds grow.
Now we are continuing the talk of seeds. Each child will be planting their own green bean plants this week. We will care for them and watch them grow (hopefully) and then they will bring them home when the spouts get their first leaves. I loved hearing the children talk about the gardens they have planted at home and what sort of plants they have growing. I suggested that if they harvest anything at home before school is out they could bring it for show and tell before they eat it!
March also brought a new friend to our classroom. Welcome, Scarlett Palmer. The children were very excited to have another Scarlett. She has been a wonderful addition to the class.
I big thank you to Madi and her mom for the beautiful pink tulips from their yard!! Madi knew those are one of my favorite flowers and I LOVED having those in the class last week. I was so happy to get to share them with so many during our conferences! That was a real treat. Now it’s time to dissect them and label the different parts of the flower. Tulips are perfect for that work!
Thank you for your continued support and letting me spend my days with your children!