This week we were able to learn a little more about our slimy friend the worm (gusano). We talked about what worms eat, where they live, and what they looked like. When we had some indoor time we used art materials to decorate our gusanos. Teaching green habits to our students and having green practices at our school is very important to us at Pebble Pond Preschool. This is one of the reasons that we compost all of our food scraps. Everyday the children get the opportunity to feed the worms in our compost bin and love dumping our food scraps and giving them crunchy leaves we have raked up from the yard. Whenever we find a worm that is out and about, they are sure to relocate them to our vegetable garden or to the compost bin.
Every week we also learn about a different plant food. This week it was oranges (naranjas). We had them a few times with our meals and snack. We talked about how they form on trees, how we eat them, we felt them and talked about the texture of the skin and insides. The children smelt the orange and compared the tastes of the fruit to the skin. There were a lot of puckered faces being made when it came to tasting the skin. Later we saved the orange peels from snack time, broke them into small pieces and placed them out in the sun to try. Once dried, we created the letter "N" with the peels for "naranja" and they used the rest of the pieces to make art. To incorporate math, we had an orange tree with oranges and would count the oranges and place them on the matching numbers in Spanish and English. Every day we are learning more and more Spanish as we substitute English words and phrases for Spanish ones. It is amazing how quickly they pick it up.
This week we were able to enjoy some really delicious foods and ate outside in our outdoor eating area in the fresh air and sun. They love eating outside and we try to do it as much as possible. Below you can see a picture of one of the students picking some lettuce from our garden for our veggie wraps we had at lunch. During the first week of school this particular student did not want anything to do with lettuce in their food, now after learning more about it, talking about it often, being exposed to it in several meals, and picking it from the garden, they can't seem to get enough.
This second week has been great. The students really love being outside and have enjoyed eating outside for the first time this week. When choosing our nature themes and food of the week, we try to see what we have in the garden, what is seasonally going on, and watch and listen to what the children are taking an interest to when they are outside exploring. We had a lot of fun exploring worms and oranges this week and that was all based on what the children wanted to talk about.
What are some ways you have used oranges in your meals or in crafts? We would love to learn and incorporate it into our school.