28 January 2014

A Sample First Grade Circle

Every Tuesday when the First Graders arrive, they come to the back patio of St. Anne's and are greeted by a small tableau of garden items on a blue silk. This week I had the sprouted wheat seeds that some of the children had planted three weeks ago. I gave a short mini lesson on why we sprouted them in flats (to thwart the hungry birds), and how to transplant them.

 In addition, I had a vase of New Zealand spinach to try. Every week we sample something edible from the garden. New Zealand spinach is bitter and flavorful, and oh so juicy. The children waxed poetic about its lovely beaded moisture on its backside. Technically these are called papillae. New Zealand spinach is happy along the seashore as well. I've spotted some near Ocean Beach.