We love, love the farm and it is certainly amazing as is Mrs. Riddle. We wanted to bring a little Garden to our very own room….so we planted Rosemary, Basil and Lemon Balm. These herbs add a little authenticity to our kitchen… Of course most of the “cooking” going on in the kitchen is chicken nuggets, cakes, cookies and ice cream!!!! Our farm keeps our girls connected to the fruits of the earth…. we can watch the life cycle first hand from seeds to growth to harvest and the most fun…to taste.
THEN....Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan surprised our girls and brought locally grown cucumbers to our classroom. She knew we picked and tasted cucumbers from the farm last week. “Can you think of something that you eat that looks like a cucumber?” After several thoughtful moments one of our girls said, PICKLES!!! Mrs. Jordan took them through the process. The girls loved being able to measure spices and cut the cucumbers. Their jars will be coming home in a few weeks. As you can imagine young children are active learners…they build their knowledge through direct experience with living things in the environment and in the classroom. We are so thankful to Mrs. Jordan for taking the time to share her “pickle making” skills with us!!!
The girls have already been making connections to their world while learning about the solar eclipse. They had a first of many visits to the farm, and continue to explore and maneuver through classroom routines. We are off to a great start with countless experiences to come!!
Thoughts about the Eclipse....
The moon…it glows. The sun glows.
The moon and sun are round. The moon tried to hide the sun. It was a fireball!!
The moon got in front of the sun.
A moon hid the sunshine and the moon goes out and back in.
A moon went in front of th sun. It got dark.
The moon covered the sun up. It was crescent shape too.
First visit to the farm
Are first trip to the farm was “bountiful” as we were again made aware of the earth’s treasures that keep us clothed and fed. Mrs. Riddle tore apart a seed pod of green cotton and casually said,” You wear this on most days”… Cucumbers were picked, washed, and tasted. Observational drawings were also created….Radish seeds were planted and we will go back to the farm in a few weeks to check on our seeds.
Ms Prewitt and Ms Cowan
…” Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and strive for physical well-being” …Hutchison philosophy