Not only do we learn about fruits and vegetables, but we also try to teach the children about common herbs. After planting a rosemary bush in the yard, we began to learn a little more about the herb. The kids enjoyed cutting the leaves and talking about how it smelled and tasted in its raw form. One day for lunch they harvested some rosemary and we made rosemary garlic fries which they devoured. Later in the week we made sugar scrubs and the kids harvested their own rosemary springs, cut them up with scissors, and mixed all of the ingredients into a bowl before scooping it into their jars. We were able to use the scrub on our hands at school and they wanted the director to feel how soft their hands were. They could not wait to give the jars to their parents when they showed up. They all ran to their cubbies and yanked them out every time.
We found several neat bugs this week, including the highlight which was a large blue fly that would not fly. They said that they wanted to study flies after the found it. So we talked all week about flies, their size, color, body parts, and what they ate. We also made some fly art from recycled materials. We planted several new plants in the garden over the last few weeks: lavender, rosemary, strawberries, and a blueberry bush.
As a play based school, the kids have a lot of time to socialize, run, and create. After about 30 minutes of hard work, they made a gas station, parking lot, and car tunnel from cardboard loose parts in the classroom. On one of the warmer days, we took advantage of the weather and took our socks and shoes off and played in the sand.
We had some great meals these past few weeks. Check out some of the photos below.