Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the time off! The photo above is from my holiday of getting out and about in SD.
We have had a nice start to this week back after the holiday. The friends have been so interested in their work lately and I feel that they are keeping track of the ideas that are on going and doing a great job reminding us of all the things they want to get to.
On Monday we went on a walk around the block for exercise and saw one of the Magnolia trees that had a pod that was bursting with bright red seeds. The friends launched into a discussion on what makes the seeds be ready to fall or pop out of it's pod (gravity- but then why are only some on the ground?), and on how it might germinate. We brought one back to class and the friends formed a group that planed the seed. We are having many discussions about this and friends are bringing their prior knowledge to the table. Friends wonder if we planted it at the right depth. Also if it's the right time of year to plant the seed. And then there was the debate about how often to water it. The Western Garden Book that I keep in our class gave some ideas, but left us with more questions we plan to look up on the Internet or maybe to ask an expert, too.
The planting discussions are swirling around and stimulating many thoughts. Henry shared some photos of his home garden's recent story. He was excited to tell us about the frost event that happened over the holiday. The children were very curious to ask about the differences in the two photos and were interested in the different names for the types of pumpkins and squash he had planted. This also helped to drive home the concept that sometimes it may not be the right conditions to plant!
I hope to see you all this Thursday night at 6pm for our Family Favorites Potluck!
I can't wait to eat all the yummy food. It all sounds so delicious.
Looking forward to chatting and seeing all of you! Love, Jennifer