I hope you've all had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather these past two weeks! We've certainly enjoyed it in GAP, and have taken the opportunity to spend more time outside learning, playing, and planting in our garden.
Week 1: Week one of Spring term was all about the SUN...what it's made of, how it works, and how we can capture some of its energy here on Earth. We created solar art with photo-sensitive paper, and also built two solar ovens using recycled pizza boxes. Using our ovens and the power of the sun, we created our own crayons, and even made S'mores.
Week 2: We planted tomatoes, radishes, and carrots, and tended to our winter crop of sweet peas. On Wednesday we celebrated the sun with homemade lemonade, and on Thursday also celebrated the Harvest of the Month by cooking a delicious black bean recipe with guacamole.
Our theme for the first month of Spring term is valuing diversity, both cultural and ecological. Together we will be discussing and learning about how diversity in our various communities makes the whole system stronger, healthier, and more beautiful. Week 3 will be focused on learning more about the cultural and culinary traditions of indigenous peoples of the Pacific NW, while week 4 will delve into the importance of native plants and animals.
(Parents and students in class on Monday: Your tomato starts will need to sit in a sunny window inside until they have at least two large leaves, and/or until nighttime temps. are above 50 degrees consistently. This heirloom organic variety is called "Brandywine" and will yield large, sweet and juicy tomatoes. While seedlings are small they will need frequent watering, usually a bit every day. Once large enough, they can be planted outside in a sunny spot, either in a container or directly into clean soil....more info through the link: http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-seeds-brandywine-tomato.html)