Our garden is coming right along. We had a preschool group from Cedar Rapids (their teacher Heidi volunteered last summer during garden camp) come and help us plant on May 9th. We planted all of our flowers from seed...sunflowers, morning glory, natsurtium, flax, mixed flowers, quinoa and black-eyed susans. We also planted, cucumbers and potatoes this week. Finally we planted blueberry and raspberry plants that Taproot donated to us. Our morning chores include watering (we are very excited to have a hose to help us water), picking strawberries, digging for worms to feed our Iowa habitat tank (we have a painted turtle, 2 bass, 1 bluegill, minnows, 3 crayfish, and tadpoles...but they might have gotten eaten, duck weed and we had a tree frog but now we can't find him/her), feeding fish, filling up bird feeder (we can't find it after the graduation party last week) and watering the blueberry and raspberry bushes along the fence. I love that Prairie Green has chores as part of the day. It's teaches our children to develop a good work ethic, take responsibility and feel a sense of accomplishment.
We read the book, "A River Ran Wild" by Lynne Cherry. BJ got a roll of butcher paper from the art studio and we taped up across the length of the room. For each page, BJ summarized the main idea, while Claire and Jorge chose an item to illustrate related to each point in time in the life of the Nashua River. In the end we marked fourteen points on the timeline, and created about 28 illustrations. To finish, BJ drew a river across the length of the timeline and all three students colored the river, making it change from blue to green, red, purple, brown, black and back to blue to reinforce and illustrate the changes the river went through over time. Later in the day, with Jack's help, we were able to add dates concerning the use and banning of DDT as well as the formation of the EPA and the "Clean Water Act". The kids were very energized by the activity and worked on it for much of the day.