gardening

Sandía for All!

After much anticipation, preschool and kindergarten children met together to harvest a watermelon that was planted by last year's kindergarteners.  Each class took a quarter of the special sandía, and the children carefully cut it up to share with everyone during snack time.  A delicious time was had by all!

Tasty Harvesting

We’ve welcomed the kindergarteners to our City County Classroom this year by having a tasty harvesting tour of our garden space!

Among our finds were cucumber, okra, grapes, and….a giant zucchini! We chopped and baked zucchini and kale chips for a delicious snack enjoyed by most! We also took time to breathe deeply and develop an appreciation for the beauty around us using all five of our senses.

Kindergarteners have begun working on their Seed to Table Journals, in which they will document their journey as nature detectives and environmental stewards this year.

Ask a kindergarten friend to take you on a tour and show you his/her favorite thing to harvest.

The Garden Returns

The Garden has been coming back to life after a winter slumber thanks to lots of wonderful little helpers!  Preschool and kindergarten  Students planted seeds for spring vegetables, including carrots, peas, beets, radish, arugula, bok choy, green onions, and spinach.  The little gardeners also transplanted seedlings of kale, lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard, celery, collard greens, and flowers that they started indoors from seed back in early February. 

Garden Friends

A family of two mice (so far!) have set up residence just outside a preschool window.  When all is quiet, we have a close-up view as they nibble sunflower seeds and dart in and out of the pumpkin shells. A squirrel has also discovered this happy feeding spot. It is fascinating to watch how these animals share their food and their habitat. 

Mint Raspberry Lemonade?

Or maybe you'd prefer some wood sorrel, lavender, thai basil rosemary, borage flower, honeysuckle, fennel, thyme lemonade, instead? 

On Monday, in the after-school Urban Gardening club, led by Brian Jordan, students collaborated in pairs to hand-select ingredients from the TPS garden and squeeze lemons (a teacher took care of adding the sugar....) to make their own unique lemonade recipe.  The groups took turns sharing their lemonade with everyone and divulging their secret ingredients.  Don't be surprised if you see little lemonade stands throughout the city next summer with cups of green liquid for sale! (Photos by Navlea W., 4th grade)