Yesterday in our enrichment cluster, the students were able to plant their own individual flower gardens. Each student with minimal assistance was able to follow our lead in creating their one of a kind garden. With their small hands and tiny fingers, they were able to differentiate between the three types of seeds. They gently filled their mini-pots with peat and soil then poked holes into the center of each filled pot. They each counted out between 4-6 seeds and gently guided them into the holes. After replacing the soil around the seeds and a gentle watering, the mini-greenhouses were placed on the classroom windowsill to soak up the sun.
In addition to the planting lesson, the students are also conducting an experiment. It is a comparison between peat and soil. We are going to determine which is the best growing medium for our flowers. The students are looking forward to seeing tiny little seedlings emerge from the pots when they return from school vacation.
In a group effort, we also began painting a wooden birdhouse. The students painted the birdhouse with a variety of colors. Next week we will continue with decorating the birdhouse and might even do a glass mosaic on another. The Garden will donate these student created birdhouses to the Friends of BCHMCPS's annual auction. These birdhouses will help to raise much needed funding to continue enrichment programs at our school. If you are interested in attending the auction on May 20, 2011 and bidding on these items, please email us and we will be sure to get an invitation to you in the mail.
Thank you Country Gardens for your generous donation of the Children's mini-garden/greenhouse kits. Thank you Jodi Conway for the wonderful donation of the birdhouse.