Thanks to a record after-school Ecology Club enrollment from our kindergarten families, and the initiative of our kindergarten teacher Master School Gardeners in Training — Ms. Hobgood and Mr. Chicoine — the kindergarten science curriculum will now feature hands-on Ecology and Farm to School lessons!
Ms. Hobgood and Mr. Chicoine have secured Ms. Williams’ support in launching these new units for all four kindergarten classes. As a result, instead of staying after school for a monthly meeting, kindergarteners now experience ecology/Farm to School fundamentals built into their daily science lessons.
Lessons throughout October include:
- Fruits and Vegetables: Compare/contrast various fruits and vegetables; play “What Veggie Am I?” game
- Worms Help the Earth: Support science standard on plants, using the garden to identify compost critters; Master School Gardener Christen Ramo (former Chesnut teacher and mom of a current Chesnut kindergartener) to guest teach worm unit
- Sheltering Animals: Build a “Critter Garden” in Chesnut’s backyard using painted rocks from first Ecology Club meeting; create rock garden with hiding and burrowing places
Much thanks to Ms. Hobgood, Mr. Chicoine and Principal Williams for launching yet another creative approach to learning at Chesnut Charter!