I have no backbone
My head and my tail look the same
I can’t see
I have no teeth
I wiggle and squirm
I love to eat dirt and munch on food scraps (my favorite thing to eat is newspaper!)
I like dark, moist places
I’m scared of birds and people feet
I hide deep in the ground during the day and wiggle to the surface at night.
Who am I?
What a fun class we had today at Sullivan Preschool! Ranger Hope read to the kids The Diary of a Worm before showing them some real, live wiggly worms!
We learned that worms like to eat newspaper, they dig tunnels underground, they like dark places, they don’t like being squished and they are our friends in the garden!
We passed the paper towel with three worms on it around the table in a circle three times so everyone had a chance to see.
The kids oooh-ed and aaahh-ed when the pink creatures stuck out their heads to the ceiling, hoping to find a place to hide. But the kids weren’t scared!
During garden maintenance time, Hope harvested some sweet peas that were dried for saving.
Inspired by Garden Ranger Hope, I wanted to share how we can eat the “rainbow” today at Montemalaga Elementary School. The students, myself, Hope and intern Mary made a salad together that included all of ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet, if you didn’t know the acronym ).
Our ingredients were Red tomatoes, Orange carrots, Yellow bell peppers, Green lettuce and kale, Blue blueberries and Purple grapes! So delicious!
We first discussed the nutrient benefits of eating fruits and veggies of all different colors. Many of the health benefits we talked about today included Vitamin A for healthy eyes, Calcium for strong bones and teeth, Iron to increase red blood cells, Potassium for our muscles, and Vitamin C for boosting our immune systems!
Then we got to the really fun part. The chopping and harvesting!
We’ve got our orange carrots going on…
Our green leaves being tossed…
Our yellow bell peppers being chopped…
Topped with our blues and purples
Mixed and shaken with the yummy honey mustard dressing Miss Lily made. The red tomatoes have popped out now…
You can see all the layers here!I’d say it was a very successful salad making party. The kids asked for seconds, thirds and even “Tenths??”
Students at Glassell Park Elementary learned about the different parts of a teeny, tiny seed. We also talked about the conditions that seeds need in order to wake them from their slumber and begin growing into plants.
We flipped through something called a seed catalog, a publication that lists all the different kinds of fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that farmers and gardeners can purchase and grow on their land.
We explored seed packets, small envelopes containing seeds, and tried to guess what kinds of seeds might be in the packets based on the pictures illustrated on the outside. We discussed that sometimes we eat seeds, and then we tasted some yummy sunflower seed butter! While some students liked the taste and others did not, we are so proud of students for trying new things.
Students crafted biodegradable newspaper pots, and they added soil and seeds all on their own!
Garden classes learned about compost and what goes in it. After lunch, they have been bringing banana peels and orange peels to the compost pile. Ranger Adina adds dead leaves and old plants. Soon, this will all decompose and turn into nutritious soil for the garden!
A grand showing of colorful flowers is on display at Carson-Gore which has led to a flood of beneficial insects. The kids have enjoyed flowing lady bug larvae up and down the plants in chase of aphids.
And I have enjoyed finding different varieties of ladybugs all throughout the garden
Today we reviewed the 5 Senses with the preschoolers at Sullivan.
Ranger Hope brought different types of things from the garden for the kids to see, feel and smell: Fuzzy leaves, big leaves, small leaves, fragrant lavender and rosemary, broccoli seed pods, fluffy zinnia flowers, colorful beet greens and hairy carrot leaves.
After looking at and feeling the different plants, the kids drew what they thought it looked like , or rubbed leaves under paper.
The teachers helped me interpret some of the kids’ beautiful drawings!
At the end, we got to taste some crunchy carrots and see how they grow from some carrot plants in the garden!
What a great time to teach kids about the water cycle, right after it rains! Los Angeles was very blessed to have its desert climate watered after several weeks without rain.
Miss Hope first asked the class what they already knew about the water cycle. So many students already knew the big words evaporation, condensation and precipitation and what they all mean!
The water cycle always begins over a body of water such as our Pacific Ocean.
Then, the sun heats up the water, turning the water into vapor (or gas) and leaving the salt behind; this step is called Evaporation. The evaporated water collects, or condensates into a cloud above the water. As it travels over land it gets heavier and heavier until it finally falls or precipitates over mountains (snow – solid ) or land (rain – liquid).
The water flows down the mountain and collects in streams and lakes. Some of the water filters through rocks and roots underground, collecting in Ground Water. An example of ground water is a well.
Finally, the ground water flows back into the ocean, where the cycle happens all over again.
After discussing the different areas of the chart, the students then drew it themselves! They got super creative!
After the wonderful winter rains and recent rising temperatures, Lexington’s garden needed some spring cleaning love. We decided to hold a Saturday morning workday in the garden with Lexington’s community of teachers, parents, administrators, and students. We had an amazing turnout and got so much accomplished with all the extra helpful hands. Such an inspiring day. Check out our tidy garden beds and weeded paths!
And ever since our garden workday, the flowers at Lexington have really been putting on a springtime show.
Not only is this calendula beautiful and bright, but it is also edible and medicinal!
Our happy and healthy nasturtium is a fun garden snack with a flavorful kick. Both the flowers and leaves are edible.
While our colorful sweet pea flowers aren’t edible, they have an amazing fragrance that our students really enjoy.
Arugula flowers are pretty, they attract bees, and they’re delicious garden treats.