Last week the Kinders celebrated Earth Week!
Our first task was to clean up any trash that covered our schoolyard! We put on gloves, grabbed a garbage bag and went straight to work, diligently scanning our schoolyard! A handful of hardworking, enthusiastic Kinders made it their mission to pick up EVERY SINGLE piece of garbage that they saw!
Look how hard they worked!
Can you spot the differences between these two pictures?
Since the Kinders were so passionate about this project, we’ve decided to do a weekly litter clean up!
Once the schoolyard was cleaned, we decided to connect with nature by getting our hands dirty. I gave each Kinder a recycled yogurt container and explained to them that we would be PLANTING.
I poured soil into a container and allowed the Kinders to explore this material while they filled up their cups with dirt!
“It looks like Oreos!”
“It smells good!"
During this experience, a few Kinders noticed that there were holes at the bottom of each yogurt cup and asked:
“Why are there holes?”
“Doesn’t the soil go through?”
We explored these questions by testing out some theories:
“When you shake, a little comes out!”
“It’s thick. That’s why it doesn’t go through!”
Once our cups were filled with dirt, each Kinder was able to choose a vegetable or flower seed to plant. The differences in the size, shape, and texture of each type of seed really captured their interests!
The Kinders placed their plants in a warm, sunny area on our plant shelf and have been watering them everyday!
Whenever we notice a new sprout pushing through the soil, we excitedly announce that a new plant baby has been born! The parent of that plant baby proudly parades around the room, showing everyone what they have grown.
It has been such a successful earth week. I can’t wait to continue these projects that help foster an appreciation for nature!