Elizabeth Groundworks

Room 2: Botany, Garden & Earth Day

Would you be surprised to know that science plays a very big part in the preschool classroom? Science, in one form or another, is an everyday occurrence in Room 2. We do one teacher directed science experiment a week, but there are many teachable moments for science daily, especially out on the playground.

The month of April we were able to celebrate Earth Day. To develop our botany and general science skills we worked in our garden area outside and we planted seeds in special seedling starters in the classroom. When we get back to school on Monday we will find a flat full of green seedlings!  Luigi’s Mother was kind enough to come in and help us clean up our garden and to plant our seeds. The children are going to plant these seedlings outside when the danger of frost is past. They are learning here that temperature and weather affects the growth of plants, besides other things. Here are some pictures of us working on our Earth Day Project. 

Preschoolers Plant with Groundworks

By: Khaleeqa Rouse 

Recently Elizabeth Groundworks visited our center and helped our preschoolers learn about the importance of planting. Each student had a roll in planting earth boxes of sugar snap peas. The children learned how the earth box sucks water from the bottom in order to feed the roots of the plants; and how this method was more efficient in having a successful garden. The children each planted a sugar snap seed, after they fertilized the soil.

Initially it was hard to get the children to focus, but they made up songs as each of their classmates went and helped prepare the box and plant the seed. The peas were the first addition to our garden this year. We hope have a garden full of delicious vegetables.

Cultivating healthy sustainable living starts at an early age. We have found that if children are involved in the process of gardening then they are more likely to eat vegetables because they know where they come from. Teaching the children how to plant reinforces curriculum concepts such as math and science, also the children just love to play and get their hands dirty.