This month the students of kinder class had a chance to become farmers and learn all that young farmers need to know about gardening and keeping farm animals.
We started by making the school look more like a farm, and we made a field the children decorated with hand-made vegetables and fruit and a barn with cute animals: cows, pigs and sheep.
We reviewed a lot of vocabulary for food that we can grow naturally and animals that we can keep and groom.
We talked about where different kinds of fruit and vegetables grow; on a tree, in the ground or on a plant/bush. Many things were a big surprise for the children as their image was very different from reality; for example, watermelons don’t grow on trees! Corn cobs grow on stalks, not inside of the ground!
We learnt about planting and taking care of vegetables. In the garden on the balcony, we planted some radishes, cucumbers and mini-tomatoes. As of now, only the radishes seem to be doing well as they are growing big and nice; tomatoes and cucumbers haven’t decided to come out yet. We learnt the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and took care of some magical beans, which, after being put in plastic cups on a wet cotton pad, started to sprout! Many of them have already turned into beanstalks and we will plant them outside together with the other greens.
For the seeds that were left from out planting, we were able to trade some delicious vegetables from farmer McFriendly to make the best farmer’s vegetable soup! It was extra fun to make and great to eat!
We learnt how to take care of and be gentle with the farm animals; they give us so much after all! Of course, all of the children knew that we get milk from cows but the majority of them did not know how it happens. We did our best to give them an opportunity to touch and feel things to make their understanding of the subject the best!
We “milked cows” using plastic gloves filled with fake milk (water mixed with white paint), which the kids seemed to enjoy a lot!
The next step was making real butter by shaking plastic bottles filled with the obtained milk (this time switched with real fresh cream):
“You shake the milk up, You shake the milk down,
You shake the milk up and you shake it all around
Let’s make some yummy butter, shake, shake, shake
Everybody, shake, shake, shake!”
The children were really amazed by how the cream is able to turn into butter just by shaking!
Farming is fun!