A Marriage of Earth & Air

In the garden, during last Thursday’s morning break, I had the great pleasure of bearing witness to a lavish marriage ceremony performance between a few 2nd Graders and The Air. Really . . . “The Air.” (I didn’t question it . . . the idea seeming totally reasonable coming from their bright eyes.) Below is a photograph of the bridal party. (Unfortunately, I was unable to capture a decent image of the groom.)

Garden Wall Update: Part 2

After 5 days of intense sun and sweat the new garden wall is practically finished. Hank & I are very pleased with the results. I must say, I’m humbled by Hank’s enthusiasm and strength and will consider myself lucky if I have half his energy when I’m his age. It has been a real treat working with him on this project. Stop by sometime to check it out…but until then:

Corn Grinders & Gnome Forts

This week Mrs. Harris’s 3rd grade spent some time outside making a large mortar & pestle out of a log. The process involves clay, fire, charcoal, and stones. Making things such as this is done in the 3rd grade to foster the development of practical skills. Around the age of 9 children begin to see themselves as separate from their parents — learning how to make things, cook, and clean, instills within them the feeling that they will someday be able to stand on their own and take care of themselves.
As the log’s top was burning, some of the students started making an elaborate city at the base of a tree. Below are a few photos of what they came up with. . . .

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Classroom Composting

As of this week we’ve made a few changes to our ongoing composting initiative at WSB. . . .
We are now composting in the classroom. Each room has a perforated clear jar to keep their food waste and two students will be responsible for keeping an eye on it. Throughout the year the two students will shift as their teacher deems appropriate. All (age-appropriate) students will cut their food scraps into small pieces with kitchen sheers before placing it into the jar. A little water and a small handful of wood chips will be added daily to balance the nitrogen of the food with carbon. When the jar fills the two students will bring it outside and place it in our tumbler or into one of our compost bins. This winter we will start bokashi composting as well. More information about that, and how you can start to do the same in your home, will be posted when the project gets underway.