A bountiful winter harvest

An eager group of children made the most of the winter sunshine last week and harvested all that was ready from our vegetable gardens.  We had broccoli, an abundance of lettuce, some very small capsicums, a lone carrot, continental parsley, several varieties of spinach, and by the time parents arrived, we also had a huge basket of freshly picked lemons which had been dropped off by a lovely neighbour (we had picked most of our ripe lemons the week before and made lemon butter, and a lemon cheesecake biscuit topping) Once we had snipped, snapped and pulled all that we could, we gave the garden a good tidy. We fed the chooks lots of old plants before letting them forage in the garden for a while.  Soon we will rake out some of the hay from the chook yard and fertilise the garden all ready to replant with our spring vegetables.

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Using the scissors to snip in the garden provides the children with a meaningful reason to practice their scissor skills.  Some of those vegies were pretty to tough cut, and it took a lot of focus and concentration to individually hold and snip off each stem of the spinach.

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As they chatted away about what they were doing, and had the occasional snack on a lettuce leaf or capsicum (or shared some with friends that came to see what they were doing) they delighted in the bugs and worms they found living in the garden, commented on how warm the sun felt on their backs, and giggled at the noisy kookaburra who seemed to find our presence rather amusing.

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Over the course of the morning the children picked and washed their harvest and then we proudly placed it all in a large basket.  We made a sign inviting our families to share our vegies. It was a lovely way for us to share our learning experience with the families.

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We are all looking forward to picking our cauliflowers, peas, leeks, and lots more lettuce and parsley in the months to come, and also deciding together what we would like to plant next.

Written by Nic.

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Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 2  –  Children are connected with and contribute to their world

Principle 1 – Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation.

Principle 4  – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

 

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