GAP teachers are excited to be back in the swing of things after being away last month. We are especially thankful for our amazing substitutes, Ariel and Riley, who took such great care of our students in January. This month we’ll be busy with various end-of-winter projects as we prepare to welcome spring.
Last week we cleaned and painted our bee houses in preparation of introducing our mason bees to their new homes in March. This week we dissected flowers from our winter-blooming camellia shrubs to learn about the anatomy of flowers. Students worked in teams to examine, sketch and label the flower’s many parts. They also got to take colorful and vibrant primroses to plant in their home gardens! (Primroses are winter plants, so keeping them outside in the cold is perfectly fine. Once the flowers begin to wither, simply pluck them off to allow new buds to bloom.)
One of the most popular educational games we’ve played recently is Where Does the Food Grow? Students are given a list of vegetables that either grow beneath or above the soil (e.g. peanuts and broccoli), and they must determine which grows where and sketch it as one of their garden drawings.
While snack time is always lots of fun, this week GAP students got an extra special treat. Our neighbor and baker, Tim Healea from Little T Bakery, paid Abernethy a visit and donated yummy bread dough, which we baked and devoured right away. Thank you, Tim! We are working to incorporate new, fun and healthy snacks to our growing GAP snack menu. If you have any suggestions, please pass them along.
Thank you again for supporting GAP.
Dania and Julie
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