Picking carrots and eating and cooking with them gave the girls LOTS of opportunities to journal and draw about the things they experienced during the whole process.
What do you see when you closely observe a carrot?
Reflection: I am thrilled to see how the simple project of planting and picking carrots provided so many learning activities for these little farmers. They really were engaged in the whole process and I am sure that being so involved from beginning to end was the main reason for that. I am excited to continue this little "root veggie" project with Mrs. Riddle. We will be planting some other really cool things at the farm in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Do you remember back in the fall when the girls got to plant carrots at the farm? We got to harvest those carrots we planted last week. The girls picked 137 carrots! Some orange carrots and some purple carrots! What an incredible experience! They were so excited! Mrs, Riddle, the Hutchison horticulturist, showed us how to wiggle the stem and leaves to loosen the carrot from the dirt and then to pull it up. They didn't even mind getting a little dirty. Dirt was flying and carrots were filling up the basket! They washed and ate the carrots, too. They were delicious! We ate them raw with ranch dressing and made carrot cupcakes for a snack with cream cheese icing.
It was a wonderful learning experience for all of us!
Conversations while picking carrots:
Our carrots match. - Henley
I got a mommy one. - Louise
Mine has a yucky part. - Mariah
Look! It has vines! - Marel
Look! We got the same color. - Manha
These are real carrots we can eat. I can't wait to wash this! - Celia
It smells sweet. - Clayden
It smells like dirt. - Hope
It feels dirty. - Lucy
It's kind of bumpy. - Anayah
The leaves feel soft. - Hailey
Mine has a long tail. - Marel
Mine is hairy. - Naomi
I see strings on mine. - Hope
Those strings are part of the roots. - Marel
It's kind of a long stick. - Cecilia
Eating carrots - YUMMY!
Conversations while eating carrots:
Mmmmm...they are good. - Lucy
Are these purple ones good? - Hope
I do not like purple. - Mariah
I need mine peeled. - Clayden
I tasted the purple one and I thought it tasted purple. - Marel
They kind of taste the same. - Henley
I want some more purple ones, please. Yummmmm...can I have some more? - Naomi
I don't like ranch. - Celia
Just try them. - Marley
The purple tastes different. - Collins
Just try a nibble. - Naomi
I don't like the carrot, just the ranch. - Hailey
I like the orange, but I don't like the purple. - Anayah
I like both! - Manha
Everyone has a story. Big people have stories and little people have stories. Children love to listen to stories and they love to tell stories. When they are playing they are acting out some kind of story. When they are working, they are living out part of their story. So much learning happens when children are telling stories of their own. They are interacting with characters and assimilating prior knowledge with new knowledge. They are collaborating with peers as they engage in an activity together, learning from each other and, most likely, gaining a new perspective.
These are a few "stories" that happened around the room this week.
Reflection: Learning is happening all the time in the lives of these little girls. They are learning when they play. They learn when they listen and watch. They learn best when both their minds and bodies are engaged. When their senses are fully engaged, children respond and learn in meaningful ways, in ways that last. I am reminded of this when I listen to them play, when I listen to them engage with each other, and when I listen to what they have to say about the world around them. They are learning. I am learning. We are life-time learners.
The girls were SO excited to be back at school and to see their friends. They seemed to return to school a little older and more grown up than when we said goodbye before the holidays. They are choosing work around the room on their own and completing work independently. They remember our routines and have been quick to get back into the swing of things at school. We are so proud of them and really glad to have them back!
The activities around the room this week have been about winter and snow. We have also included things to explore that will hopefully pique their interest and curiosity about wheels and how things work.
Weaving in the Wheel
Exploring in the Workshop
Working on the Railroad
Creating trains and cars with shapes and using problem-solving skills to draw what they see.
ABC's with snowmen and creating snowmen with playdough.
Here's hoping for some REAL snow!
Painting snowmen at the easel