South Florida has a long and somewhat confusing growing season and I'm just getting into the swing of it after living here for seven and a half years. Many things are being planted right now because our nights are fairly cool and our days are warm but not hot. I brought up the idea of planting a garden in our play yard and the littles can't wait to start. I'm trying to recruit some green thumb parents to help out but so far no luck. I'd like to do a raised garden but I think that may have to wait until next year unless I get a huge bonus at work! So - we're starting on the small side with a container garden this year. The littles voted on strawberries and lettuce and tomatoes.
In the classroom we are: reading about plants, examining plants, painting flowers and painting with flowers, learning about the parts of a plant, and comparing different types of flowers. Today we set up a new garden center. I brought in plastic pots, silk flowers, garden gloves, little garden tools, and a toy wheelbarrow. Our process art table this week is full of grocery bags, paint, small paper plates, colored macaroni, pipe cleaners, Magic Noodles, colored pom-poms, and buttons. The littles are hard at work creating the most magical flowers and gardens. I love spring - even in Florida!