Vision

The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Seeds, Seeds, Seeds


Today was all about seeds. We planted them, painted them, counted them, matched them to pictures of their grown up versions and just plain old explored them. The children worked in groups at centers that explored each theme. The pace was unhurried and child driven. Just being outside in the fresh air with no strict agenda you could see the children letting go of whatever the day dropped on their shoulders. 


In the art center children used magnifying glasses to study dried seed pods. They were then able to sketch what they saw and apply watercolor paints to the line drawings.


a closer look at basil seeds

adding color to the garlic seed picture

line drawing basil

calendula


some of the finished masterpieces
We added a little math to today's session by including an estimation station. The children used marigold seed heads and mustard green seed pods (both saved from last year's garden) to estimate the number of seeds in each pod. They recorded their findings.


After looking at the journal entries we discovered that each marigold seed head had about 14 seeds in it.
"I guessed 17 and the actual number was 14. The smell was really good" -Paul  "The seed I chose has 13 seeds inside. My estimate was 15 so I was 2 off." "My estimate was 17 and in my seed pod I had 14 seeds. I was 3 off because 17-3=14 seeds." "My estimate was 14 and there was 14 in my pod so 14-14=0"



Another way students explored seeds was by trying to match seeds with pictures of the grown plant. "I can't believe THAT tiny seed grew great big kale leaves!"

Sometimes just being able to sit and listen to nature while exploring the garden stirs creativity.
"Water is life. Food is life. Garden is life. But gardening could be so much more than that." Brooke
Other garden inspired poems:

As it grows straight and tall,
It's green buds grow.
Kale has something
Everyone needs to know.
Its taste grows after
the snow.
by Kyra

The spiders are crawling
everywhere with egg sacks
on their way back trying
to find a new spot
to lay their lovely babies.
by Jaileen

Since we haven't had rain in a while, the children made up a rain dance in the Native American tradition and performed it in the Garden. Only time will tell if they appeased the rain gods. :)


Books we found helpful for seed study include:

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Seeds by Ken Robbins
Miss Maples Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
If You Hold a Seed by Elly McKay
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

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