Friday, 28 April 2017

Digging and Discovering

Several of the children were interested in digging and creating mud in the beautiful sunshine today. As they dug, a discussion evolved about the possibilities of planting some seeds and how the digging would help to airate the soil and prepare it for planting. The children made suggestions about what to plant- strawberries, carrots, tomatoes and asparagus! 
Then a worm was discovered... then two,  then three... soon a whole handful. The children observed them.
"It's slithery!" "Its black and red." "It doesn't have bones..." "... yes it does." 
"I'm going to keep them." This proclamation led to a discussion with the teacher about where worms belong and how they help gardens to grow. The children were intrigued by the concept of worm poo! We wondered about the possibility of creating a worm farm and briefly touched on the concept of that being a helpful way to reduce some of our waste as well. 

I would love to develop this further into a project- both the planting and the worm farm or compost bin. If there are any green thumbs amongst our families, we'd love some help and knowledgable visitors are an important part of our investigation process (hint, hint). 

Outcome 2 - Children are connected with and contribute to their world. 
Outcome 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment. 

Outcome 4 - Children are confident and involve learners. 
Outcome 4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place technologies and natural and processed materials. 

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