The Earthworm lesson was really fantastic. I did not prepare a Power Point presentation for this lesson because of the amount of time it takes but also because of the lack of interest in the previous presentation.
So I opted for much more hands on learning in this lesson.
We also kept the pace by breaking up the lesson with very short lecture, exploring outside, reading books, making art, and of course touching real and candy worms.
The best part about this lesson was being able to have the kids see and recognize the worm castings as well as setting the worms "free" in Miss Kiddy's garden. The kids chanted, "Go, worms, go!" As the creatures wriggled happily away into the cool, damp soil.
Kids are starving for knowledge and information about the world around them. They might not even know it. But by connecting natural science and art I think that I have sparked curiosity in these young minds. They are so excited to learn about their world and we must encourage this as educators and parents!
Luckily, there are endless creative avenues to explore in this realm of teaching.
I would like to thank Kelly Chadwick, garden supervisor and plant/compost/garden expert at the University Center on the University of Montana Campus for providing me with the compost and "baby" worms. You can visit and 'Like' the University Center Garden's Facebook Page by clikcing on this link: https://www.facebook.com/ucgardens
It has been way too long since I have posted anything to this blog and I apologize for that. I have been so busy with school yet accomplishing so much...becoming more and more confident with my teaching and developing a solid outlook and philosophy!
Most importantly, the amazing artists at Miss Kiddy's Corral have been working hard on some great projects, and boy have we learned a LOT! I will be posting the individual lessons as well as photographs of some of the progress that has been made so far.
The art show is scheduled for July 14, which is a Monday. I will be setting up a tour schedule for groups to participate in, however, there will be a reception that evening as well where I will give an artist talk.
My name is Abby Sweet. I grew up in Stockett, Montana and I have lived in Missoula, Montana for over 10 years.