Poems on a Rainy Day at Atwater Elementary

 

 

I’ve got to admit, I came back to Atwater this week with a slight feeling of trepidation. Three weeks of winter vacation, plus all this lovely rain?! I had no idea what I was going to walk into!

 

 

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Well, you heard it here, folks…plants apparently love rain, and I came back to a veritable winter wonderland of leafy greens. The nasturtium in particular went wild – you can almost see here how it took down a garden bed partition with it’s incessant creeping! That sign says “Welcome to the school garden” now…very soon it will say “Welcome to the spiciest salad of your life.”

 

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In between rain showers, I pruned as much as I could, of both the nasturtium and the lettuce we’ve got popping right now!

I harvested plenty of romaine, red mustard, and nasturtium for several faculty salads, and there’s so much more to harvest in the coming weeks!

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Our classes spent the day talking all about how gardening isn’t just scientific – it can be creative, too! We spent the day talking about poems – what they can be made of, and how to find inspiration for them. We all worked together to compile a sample list of how to experience the garden with all 5 senses, and discussed creative outlets to express them.

 

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I was very impressed with some of the rhymes the students came up with, and of course their lovely drawings!

Until next time,

Ranger Natalie

 

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