This week was another busy one in the garden. We whipped up some salsa verde with a few classes:
And finished our calendula salve with the fourth grade, to go along with their unit on Herbal Medicine:
(After the calendula petals soaked in the olive oil for two weeks, we squeezed the oil out into a pan to heat. We then add shavings of beeswax until the consistency of creme or lotion. It can then be used as you would any other moisturizer. Calendula has healing properties.)
Because of all the rain the last couple weeks, our classes haven’t been able to visit the garden. This week we made up for lost time.
The kindergartners came out to pick snap peas.
The first graders picked their second harvest of their snap peas and some carrots.
The second graders harvested their peas and carrots.
The third graders harvested and cooked up their cauliflower.
And the fourth graders started the process of making calendula salve.
and even some non-Dual Language classes joined in!
This week was devoted to making sugar skulls with all the Dual Language classrooms. We went around to all the classes, talked about what we would be doing, mixed up the dough, and the kids made their own skulls. The kids really seemed to enjoy getting their hands dirty, even more than usual because it was sugar. The most commonly asked question was “Can we eat it?”. Kids and sugar!
Here are the results of our four day-long project.
Monday, November 2nd is el Dia de los Muertos, where we will be doing a walk-through to visit all the altars. You are welcome to join us. We will post pictures of all the altars on Tuesday.
We had a few activities going on in various classrooms on Friday. We were lucky enough to be on campus to catch them on film.
In one classroom, the children were making ghosts out of cheesecloth and liquid starch.
In an other classroom, the children were making window pictures, out of wax paper, leaves, and shaved crayons.