The farm is an amazing place, not simply to be outside and enjoy the scenery, but it is the perfect place to make learning come to life! Mary Riddle, our school horticulturist is the BEST! She is passionate about teaching the girls about agriculture and helping them take this knowledge and apply it in the classroom. As you well know by now, the farm underwent a major transformation over the summer and the opportunities are endless and each planting bed a blank slate. We were invited to come and plant and boy was it fun! We got to put on our boots for the first time! They had so much fun showing off their boots, and we loved hearing them describe them to their friends.
My boots are so big!
My boots are purple!
Do you see my rainbow boots?
These are dinosaurs on my boots.
My boots are hot pink and they are good for splashing!
Once we were on the farm, we were able to make observations about the size and color of the carrot seeds, discuss what the seeds needed to grow, and make predictions about what the carrots would look like once they were harvested…pink, purple, and rainbow of course!!!
Here is what some of the girls said when we asked them to share about our first visit...
"I had purple boots. I love my purple boots. Mrs. Riddle gave us three small seeds. It was kinda small. And you put it in the front. And then we put a seed in the middle of the beds. We put our knee on the bed. We had to put dirt, and water, and rain, and sunshine and THEN they grow into a carrot! Seeds are the best! Because they grow into the carrot."
"Mrs. Riddle gave me some seeds when I put out my hand. I planted the seeds. Carrot seeds. Outside at the farm. We had to wear our boots. I digged a little hole with my finger, and then I did two more seeds. My friends digged a hole, everybody. The seeds grow with water, sunshine… AND they need DIRT! If they don’t grow we won’t be able to eat them."
"We were planting seeds at the farm. We got to touch the seeds, and plant little ones that were white. The seeds have to get dirt and water and sunshine and they will turn into carrots!"
We have been keeping track of the progress of our seeds and are happy to report that they are spouting right up and growing like crazy. They don’t quite look like the carrots we know and love just yet, but with a little bit more sun, water, and patience they will be ready to harvest, wash, and eat in no time! Below are some of the observations that the girls have made in their planting journal we are creating.
Through these observational journals the girls are learning to…
-use descriptive language
-represent their thoughts in drawings
-make connections with the world around them
One of our visits to the farm to check on our carrots happened to be documented by the Daily Memphian. If you happened to miss the article please see the link below!