Composting Companions

Today’s blog post is written by four 3rd grade reporters. Two of them observed 2nd grade’s initial compost experiment about 3 weeks ago, and two returned for the observations and poster-making last week! We hope you enjoy! On the day of Halloween, Ms. Kirk’s class was doing some composting, and they were the first ones….

3rd-6th Grade Food Day Recap

Today’s blog post is brought to you by two 3rd grade Spanish Immersion classes! Food Day was a day when kids in 3rd-6th grades at HES got to go to 7 different stations to learn how to make healthy food and activity choices. It was on October 24th, 2017. At Food Day there were chefs,…

The 2nd Grade and Under Food Day Assembly

Today’s blog post is brought to you by our 3rd grade reporters! On Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 kids 2nd grade and younger had an assembly with Food Day. Food Day was a day when students learned about making healthy choices. Four kids volunteered to help make a salad. To get ready to make it, they…

Which Design Will Get Picked?

Today’s blog post is brought to us by our 3rd grade student reporters! On Tuesday 4th grade was making houses, teepees, mansions, and castles out of straws. They were making them so that other people can be interested in reading in the garden. The winning design will be transformed into a bigger structure made of…

The news from the strawberry patch

Jill here- but don’t worry, you wont have to read just my thoughts much longer because… (drum roll please…) our HES 3rd graders will be our garden journalists for this school year!!!  We are so excited to have these budding reporters write stories about all of the happenings in our garden and the classroom this…

A Tale of Two Caterpillars

Weeds, weeds, and MORE WEEDS! That’s what you get when you have an interior courtyard garden that isn’t maintained over the summer! We have had quite the time trying to clear everything out in preparation for the new school year.  From thorny mile-a-minute vine that looks like it is growing right in front of your…

I can eat the whole plant!

On Monday, we led lessons in the garden on the functions of the different parts of flowering plants.  We learned all about roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds.  I tell you though, some of the students may have known more than us about leaves and photosynthesis! We were excited to reinforce what many of the…

May crop update

Our snap peas look very snappy on their trellis! Our sunflowers already have some height on them! Our pole beans are climbing… and some milkweed has popped up too. Well, that was the good news.  We also have strawberries that seem to be taking hold and kale, chard, pak choy and lettuce that is beginning…

Q: What is a Caterpillar afraid of?

Answer: A Dogerpillar! What?  You’re not into corny garden jokes? Well then lettuce start this blog post! We love it when the students discover different insects in the garden and we especially appreciate any opportunity to talk to them about the many BENEFICIAL insects we have. So far this year we have discovered ground bees,…

Happy Worms!

This past Monday we visited the worms in Mrs. Godden’s classroom to feed them a delicious meal of wilting red peppers. Yum! We found lots of fat red wigglers and didn’t detect any sort of funky smell! Win! Stay tuned for updates on our second worm composter coming to HES next week.

Bee Communication

This past Monday Amanda led a lesson on Bee Communication based on the lesson plan available at http://www.sweetvirginia.org. Four 2nd grade classes came out to the garden to learn all about how bees dance to show that they have found a good source of nectar. We learned how that dance can change based on the…

Worms! and not the gummy kind.

Our worms arrived in the mail to school on Monday and per the instructions they came with, we needed to get them into their home as quickly as possible! One of the perks of being the children of the garden ladies, is that you get to help build the first worm composter! I’m SURE there…