|Planting at The Downtown Little School
In late April the teachers at DLS decided it was time to begin spring planting with or without the cooperation of the weather! Our spring science curriculum begins in the classrooms.
Children have been tasting different fruits and vegetables and finding seeds. Some have been exploring dirt in the sandbox. Two classrooms have worms who will gradually turn our fruit and vegetable peels into compost to help plants grow. Bean seeds are sprouting in clear bags, giving children the opportunity to examine them with a magnifying glass as they swell and split and begin to turn into a plant right before their eyes. Teachers ask, “What grows first, stem or root?”
A plant is left to grow in the dark to compare to the same plant grown in the light. In each room children observe, predict, compare, question and answer. Next, the children till the soil in our planters on the roof, add fertilizer, and carefully plant seeds. The waiting begins and brings with it more opportunities for discussion. Best of all, when our garden grows, the children sample its bounty raw and cooked. Imagine the pride they feel eating homemade pesto knowing that they have grown the basil from seed and prepared the final product with just a little help from a teacher.