Three Stages of Composting at Foster

With one composting lesson under my belt this week at Ramona, I searched out a slightly different approach for Foster Elementary. I teach younger students here and was afraid the concept would go over their heads.
Diary of a Worm
After reading Diary of a Worm, I divided the class into three groups. To each I gave a jar, representing each stage of decomposition — beginning, middle and end. The students really enjoyed being able to observe what was in each jar. Some even found critters crawling around!
With the oldest grades we went on a compost scavenger hunt to find greens and browns and the infamous FBIs — Fungus, Bacteria & Invertebrates. We found snails, worms and beetles.
With the youngest grades (1st & K) we watched a Peppa Pig episode where Peppa and George learn about composting. They collected vegetable scraps for Grandpa’s “compost heap”! Then afterward, the students checked out their own compost bin!

~ Ranger Hope

Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.