Happy November GAP families! Here is a brief update of our 8th week of the program...
Monday - Students shared and discussed their favorite magical creatures and legends. We read about legends in the garden, especially focused on stories and superstitions surrounding gnomes and fairies.
Tuesday - We went on a hunt for our own very special rocks to decorate to attract gnomes and fairies to a special spot in the garden at school or at home...we even discovered a fairy circle and a "gnome village" in the school garden!
Wednesday - As a class we talked about the magic of wands, and how to hunt for the perfect magic stick. We went on a walk through the school property, and students each collected one wand to make their own! We also discussed ground rules and basic wand safety :)
Thursday - To wrap up our magic in the garden week, we came together to share our plans for the holiday ahead, and created our own fall lanterns to bring a little more light into the dark half of the year. Lanterns were created out of beautiful fall leaves collected by the kids, a little Mod-podge, and some perfectly sized jars!
Our theme for the first part of November is based off of the Permaculture principle "produce no waste". We will be exploring the micro-world of the compost bin, and the decomposers that call it home! Worms, beetles, beneficial bacteria, mushrooms, and more! We will also talk about how we can all reuse and repurpose ordinary objects and natural materials into useful and beautiful pieces of art.
Towards the end of the month, we will shift our focus on indigenous American foods such as potatoes, squash, turkey, peppers, tomatoes, and more. Students will also have a chance to share their own holiday cultural and culinary traditions with the class!
Thanks and happy November 🍁