Hello GAP families, here is a short update on our activities last week, and a brief preview of our next two week is as we wrap up Fall term!
Last week we started off December by talking about the garden as we move from fall to winter. During the shortest and darkest days of the year, the garden is "resting" and conserving energy. As we spend more time inside, gardening shifts from outdoor activities such as sowing, weeding, and harvesting, to cooking, preserving, crafting and planning for the next planting season. Because December and the winter solstice is an important time in many traditional cultures around the world, we are taking time to share winter recipes and traditions from each of our cultural backgrounds!
Monday - We began the week by discussing the importance of storytelling, especially in the winter months. Students discussed what makes a good story, such as plot, setting, characters, etc. We also talked about different modes of storytelling: oral traditions, using pictures and movement, and the written word.
Tuesday - On Tuesday students continued working on storytelling, and many students chose to share their stories with the group.
Wednesday & Thursday - Because we are restricted by the weather outside, students created their own mini indoor gardens, also known as terrariums! We reviewed what plants need to be successful in an outdoor environment, and explored how we could adapt those conditions for an indoor plant. Wednesday and Thursday students will be receiving an additional email on plant care and information.
Friday - We closed the week together by continuing to share stories, as well as creating pocket/hand warmers from natural materials. Students decorated cheesecloth cotton pouches, and filled them with fragrant jasmine rice as well as fresh lavender to create aromatic heating pads. These small hand warmers can be heated (carefully) in a microwave for 10 seconds and placed on a pillow or in a pocket to keep hands warm on chilly days. Students were instructed to only use a microwave with the help of a parent or other adult.
Over the next two weeks, we will continue to work on our month-long project of compiling a GAP cookbook where students can share favorite recipes with their classmates and families. Recipes should please be handed in by Tuesday, December 14th. Recipe can be sent in any format, email is fine as well :)