Sunday, March 30, 2014

Colonial Gardening

Many thanks to Jenn Siegfried who is our classroom gardening representative! She is bringing great energy and so many wonderful ideas to this work. During our first day of gardening, students learned about native plants through a variety of stations.  While in the classroom they examined the uses of red onions, cucumbers, carrots, and lavender while also thinking of the modern and colonial uses of each. We then headed down to Jamie's Courtyard to rotate through more stations. Here's what they did at each one:

1) planted carrots; ate carrots with dill dip with Kristin Wallis (thanks for coming in to help!)
2) planted a variety of herbs
3) planted lavender and enjoyed homemade lavender lemonade (hope you enjoyed making this at home with the kit that Jenn sent home with each child!)
4) learned about the colonial medicinal practice of blood letting with leaches!