Pre-K planting in our garden!

This week, friends planted their plantable paper and seed balls in big planters on the playground.  Everyone was very excited after our Herbal Market to plant the products that they worked so hard on making and we can’t wait to check on them when we return in the Fall!

First, we filled the planters with stones and soil.

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In one planter, we layered plantable paper made with herb seeds on top of the soil.Image

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In the second planter, we tossed in wildflower seed balls.  Then we buried them in the soil.Image

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We covered up the seed balls and plantable paper and then stuck our signs in the soil to show what was growing!Image

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We had to give them lots of water because it’s been so hot out all week!Image

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And once all the herb products were planted… a dragonfly perched itself on the rim of the planter to check out the new addition to the garden!  Jasmine said that it was called a Honey Dragonfly, and then a few friends gave it the name of “Honey!”

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Market Day!

Our Herb Market was a HUGE success yesterday! Thanks to all the families and friends that stopped by to support Pre-K! Here are some photos from our day 🙂 ImageImageImageImageImage  ImageImageImageImageImage  photo 4 copy 2 10345818_10201982731585219_7670417270328886963_n

 Today in the Studio, we had clay and pipe cleaners at the big table and liquid watercolors with pens at the small table.  Friends were busy creating all sorts of sculptures with the open ended materials and it was fun to relax after our Showcase! DSCN5296 DSCN5302 DSCN5310 DSCN5297

Jude: I’ll make all the ships.  Oh dear, this is hard.  It’s a jet.

Matteo: Mine is a Star Wars sun. 

Braeden: I’ll make Barcelona bracelets.  I can make one for all my buddies if they want a Barcelona bracelet. 

Abdoul: I’m making boats for everyone. 

Braeden: Give one to your sister, Ezekiel.  It’s big enough for you.  I’ll make one for Ms.Cushner because it’s like my job to make them. 

Jude: Can you make me a Madrid bracelet?

 Matteo: And I’ll make everyone a Barcelona spider.  I think all spiders in Barcelona are red and blue. DSCN5312 DSCN5316 DSCN5319 

Ebbisa: I’m painting the whole class.  I just made Alexia.  Haley, there’s you.  Now Jasper and you, Ms.Cushner.  And then me!  My favorite art group.  But I’ll put Ms.Richardson and Ms.Brown, too. 

Alexia: It’s a 6 legged spider.  It has 11 eyes.  Oh, one is a mouth and this is it’s tail. DSCN5321 DSCN5325 DSCN5328 DSCN5332 DSCN5324 

Gabby: Neche, I’m a real artist.  It’s abstract. 

Mouhammadou: A cactus.  A painting of a cactus. 

Elias: It’s a house.  The roller coaster is there but when it goes underwater it’s a fish town.

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Samantha: I made a lightening bolt.  I’m a genius! 

AJ: That’s not how evolution works.  First, you start as something like a jellyfish and then you grow into a shark and then a monkey and then a person that can walk good. That’s what evolution is.

“They will think it’s so beautiful and they will just fall down!”

There’s just one day left until our Herbal Market and friends are getting excited to showcase all of their hard work!  Today in the Studio, children finished printing their herb greeting cards that will be sold tomorrow at the Market.

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Ezekiel:  Awesome, look at mine… it’s on the card.

Braeden:  I rolled the colors and they look like Barcelona colors.

Ebbisa:  The drawing is going to stay on the paper I think.

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Alexia: The roller sounds like the sound when I itch my head.

Jasper: All those people will fall down when they see our artwork.  They will think it’s so beautiful and they will just fall down!

Gabriela:  It’s harder to mix then I thought it would be.  When I roll it I can see my picture much better!  How did you get the amazing idea to do this?

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We hope to see you all at the Herbal Market tomorrow, May 6, from 11:30-1:30!

Seed balls: They’re getting all snuggled up for their nap!

We are getting very excited for our Market that’s now only a week away!  On Monday and Tuesday of this week, friends made seed balls (aka seed bombs used in guerrilla gardening.)  Seed balls are a mixture of air drying clay, soil and herb/wildflower seeds. Children kneaded clay to soften it, then mixed in soil before adding in seeds.  When the seed balls were ready, friends rolled them in more soil and set them aside to dry.  Once they are dry, the seed balls can be thrown at a wall/ground and the seeds will be dispersed in the area!  Children are excited to sell seed balls at the Market, as well as save some for us to throw around our school during art groups at the end of the school year.

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Sasha:  So you throw it at the ground and then flowers will grow there?

Michael:  Look at the soil.  I’m squishing it and it’s getting stuck to the clay.  I hid my seeds deep in the clay.  You’ll only see them when you throw them.  When you throw it, it will make things beautiful!

Phoenix:  This ones like a rock.  It’s hard like clay.  I put soil on like a cherry on top.  The little ones go to the market and the big ones we can throw.  When I throw this one, it’s going to be a big plant because it’s a big ball.  Bigger balls have more seeds.  Little balls have little seeds.

Edwin:  So you throw it at the wall and it breaks and them flowers grow?  Let’s throw by where we play soccer because there are no flowers there.

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Noah:  The plants are going to be happy when the seeds are warm in the seed balls.

Leah:  Goodnight little seeds!  Don’t be scared in the seed ball.  The seeds is sleeping so we have to bang so quietly.  Don’t wake them.  We are taking care of the seeds.  They will never die.

Cole:  The seed balls gonna travel and then it lands and the little fella seeds will grow.  What will happen to the little seedies?  Goodnight little seeds.  See you when you grow.  I’ll cover them with soil.  This is my seeds little home.

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Alberto:  They’re getting all snuggled up for their nap!   Some seeds are small and some are hairy.  They look like little eggs.

Sylvie:  The seeds are getting comfy.  Goodnight seeds.  Enjoy your seed ball.    

Today after Service, a couple friends from each class joined me in the Studio to make labels for our herbal products.  Some children practiced their new fancy writing skills and then used liquid watercolors to paint on top of their words.  The turned out beautiful and we can’t wait to share these products with families next week!

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“Making seeds in the paper keeps them warm in the paper.”

In preparation for our Market (May 7 from 11:30-1:30), Monday and Tuesday art groups have been making plantable paper!  There was a lot of excitement after making handmade paper a few weeks ago, and plantable paper seemed like a great way to connect the process with the Expedition.  Plantable paper began the same way as handmade paper, but once the pulp was mixed, friends stirred in different types of herb seeds.  Once the paper dries, families can dig a hole, plant the paper, and herbs will grow in it’s place!

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Logan: We’re going to show everyone how to make it.

Justin: Then we spray it.  Spray every little piece!

Ty: Whoa, I see the water falling.

Michael: I ripped my paper with my big brain!  We’re gonna spray it too?  Are you kidding me?  The blender is getting full… wow it’s getting fabulous.

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Georgi: It looks like a McFlurry.

Phoenix: It looks like lint with water in it.

Moses: The pulp looks like fluffy sand.

Maceo: It looks like seaweed.

Once the paper and water were mixed together, we poured the paper pulp into bowls and began examining the seeds.  Some seeds, like the mint and lavender, were tiny, while other seeds, like basil, were much larger.  Next, friends mixed the seeds into the paper pulp.

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Georgi: It sounds like seeds.  They shake and are small and it makes noise.

Phoenix: They look like little pieces of dirt.

Edwin: Aw, you cute little seed!

Noah: Making seeds in the paper keeps them warm in the paper.

Alberto: It sounds like little particles of something.

Sylvie: They look like coffee seeds.

Cole: They are seeds.  They are mint seeds.  I think I can read and the first letter was “S” so I knew they were seeds.  We can plant it in the ground and it will grow into mint.  Goodnight little seeds… you’ll be safe in here!  I love you, mint seeds!  The seeds are the cutest thing in the world.  They are even cuter then Fifi.  Even cuter then when she smiles.  Have you seen her smile?  It’s very cute.

Once the seeds were mixed into the pulp, we put a screen on top of a bowl and began squishing the water out!

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Justin: It feels warm, cold, and hot.

Daniel: Everyone, look! I made a paper!

Phoenix: It’s all dripping into the bowl.

Sylvie: The bowls getting fuller!

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Miles: I see seeds in my paper!  It’s like it’s caught in a net.

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Cole: How will people know we can plant them?  We can make a sign or just tell them so they know the paper can get planted.

Alberto: It dried up so it doesn’t squirt any of the water out.

Michael: Wow, that’s amazing… how did paper grow into lavender?  Because of the seeds?  I’m doing this 100 times at my house!

Miles: You put the seed paper in the ground and you water it and the plants grow.

“Ah! A giant sage leaf!”

As we prepare for the Market at our Showcase (May 7 from 11:30-1:30), the Studio has been busy making products with herbs.  The Thursday and Friday art groups have just finished their herb stamps that we will begin printing for greeting cards next week!  We began by talking about different herbs and studying them with magnifying glasses.  Friends loved sharing what they knew about herbs, as they have been studying herbs in expert groups in their classrooms for the past few weeks!

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Matteo: Basil is sweet like candy!

Ezekiel: I love you, basil.

Ebbisa: Did you give these herbs some sunshine?  Herbs love sunshine.

Gabriela: It’s lavender with the flower.

AJ: Sage is a nice plant and it saved me for real.  I ate a little piece and it made me feel better after I ate a licorice plant.

Kofi: I see a bug in the basil because it’s his home.

After we used our senses, and small magnifying glasses to observe the herbs, I introduced friends to a magnifying screen!  Children loved making faces behind the screen and were able to get a closer look at the herbs on the table.

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Paris: It makes your face look gigantic!

Minna: It looks like Samantha is in the movie behind the magnifying scream.  I mean screen.

Next, friends sketched the herbs on sheets of styrofoam in preparation to stamp on cards next week!

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Jude: It’s kind of easy to push into the styrofoam… it feels good and looks cool when you make the little dots.  It’s like little bumps.

Jasper: I need the magnifying screen to see the herbs really well.

Haley: I’m putting dots on mine.  I see the dots in the magnifying glass.

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Minna: It looks bumps so it’s sage.  It’s sage!

Samantha: Ah!  A giant sage leaf!

Betsabe: Mine is cute.  Them cute.  I’m making little flowers.

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“It smells like an ice cream sandwich in there!”

On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, Pre-K friends visited Revolution Foods for a fieldwork experience.  It was great to see where our school lunches were made and to meet some of the chefs that prep for our school.  Children that are in the Thursday art groups were the photographers on the trip and put their new skills to the test!  Friends enjoyed asking chefs and drivers if they wanted their photograph taken, as well as photographing machinery, food production and herbs.  It was hard to select photos from the 400 (wow!) that were taken, so here is a taste of our days at Revolution Foods.

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Alexia: I smell lunch.

Michael: Wow… I took a picture of the herbs!

Jasper: This food doesn’t just go to Cap City… my dad said it also goes to E.L.Haynes.

Jude: There’s so many machines.  I mean pipes.

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Ezekiel: It’s cutting all the plastic.  It makes them smaller.

Wallace: I see pineapple.  I’ve had it before.

Jasmine: I’ve had those before… they are President cookies.

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Ty: I’m freezing.  That freezer is freezing.

Amaya: Excuse me… gentleman… what is that?  An oven?

Owen: That oven’s blowing hot air.

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Jasmine: I counted 19 ovens.

Phoenix: Smells like an ice cream sandwich in there.

Jasper: The kitchen was my favorite.  It had lots of cool machines!

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Jasmine: I asked why they put stickers on the food.  The chef said because then you know what your food is.

Ty:  Herbs have special taste powers.

Vandell: Can you open the door again?  I want to take a picture in the oven.  I wont get close.

Now… no photography experience would be complete with out some selfies!  Here are some great ones from our fieldwork.

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