Hello GAP families,
This past week marked the end of the first month of this new program! A big thank you to all of the students and parents who have made this such a great start to the year. Here is a quick update for our past week, and a short note on what's to come:
Monday: We read the old French fable "Stone Soup" and shared each of our favorite ways to share with the community. We split into groups and worked together to wash, chop, and prep veggies to make our own version of stone soup to enjoy on Wednesday. Click for recipe!
Tuesday: As a class we continued our culinary experiments by preparing a simple refrigerator dill pickle, which introduces students to the concept of pickling and food preservation without the hassle of actually canning with a hot water bath. These pickles are delicious and keep for a month in the fridge. Click for recipe!
Wednesday: Wednesday was the fall equinox, so as a class we discussed equinoxes v. solstices, and entering into the fall season. We celebrated the first day of fall by enjoying our "stone soup" together as a class.
Thursday: On Thursday we discussed the upcoming Taste of the Harvest Event, and students brainstormed their favorite parts of the garden, from favorite foods, to spending active time outdoors, cooking, and trees. Students created individual posters showcasing their favorite experiences in the garden, and together we made a large mosaic poster to share with the community.
Friday: To end the week and to continue to celebrate the fall harvest, we repurposed corn husks saved from the garden into corn dolls, a traditional craft. We will continue decorating our corn dolls this week in class.
Week 5 will be focused on observing and learning about the seasons, and what they mean for us and the garden. We will also focus on leaves, a symbol of the change in seasons, with experiments, art, and scavenger hunts!
All the best,