A beautiful blue sky, winter day found Kim working in the garden. I came outside to see what I could do to help and noticed something move just beyond where Kim stood. A young hawk hopped to the ground and walked into the shrubs. All of a sudden, several sparrows flew out of the bushes! The hawk moved slowly out of the shrubs. Look closely, the hawk has excellent camouflage.
He then flew up to perch on the compost bin. This gave him a good perspective as he searched for prey.
He sensed Kim and I nearby and flew to the top of the Cedar Elm tree where he stayed for several minutes before flying off.
Once the building
activity was completed,we still had a large
pile ofvines to address.Since the children had demonstrated creativity by building the nests, I
didn’t want to discard the vines.With
the habitat unit coming up in the next few weeks, I knew we could use them as
asked the class how I could get the pile of vines into a shape that would allow
me to tie a string around them to store them for a later time.After some discussion, they decided that if
it were in a “ball” shape, that I would be able to tie a string around it.
asked how they could get the pile into a “ball” shape?“We could roll it”.
roll they did.
They started by pushing on it to compact the
pile.Then they rolled it across the
grass until it formed a large ball shape.
I wrapped string around the ball several times
and pulled it tightly together.
Then the children carriedthe bundled vines
over to the tunnel structure.Working
together, they hoisted the bundle up as I tied it to the railing.We hung the vines up in the air so they would
dry until we needed them again.
This simple work activityin the garden
demonstrated problem solving, creativity,cooperation, and coordination.It also provided an opportunity for the
children to complete a task that was “real” work and gain pride in a job well
because it is winterdoesn’t mean that there is no work to be done in the gan. This time of year, the garden requires a lot of TLC.The children know that before spring planting begins, we must do a winter clean up.The tunnel is the firstplace that gets their attention.The Hyacinth Bean vine has died down, and the children worked together to pull the dead vines off the structure.It took a lot of upper body strength, as well as, cooperation to accomplish the task.
The vines were gathered into a huge pile, almost as tall as the children.A conversation began as the children looked
at the pile.Some decided that it looked
like a giant bird nest.I suggested that
they could use the vines to create a habitat for an animal.
different nests were created.Two classmates worked together to create a giant nest, big enough for them
to stand in.
Several boys made a medium sized nest.
And the girls made two smaller nests.
impromptu activity is a good introduction for our next project.
the next few weeks,we will be exploring animal habitats to gain an
understanding of the materials and construction techniques used by different