For our ELC students the welcome wet weather meant spending a great deal of time in our vegetable garden, either planning for crops to plant, getting the patch ready and having excited hearts for what the garden would gift us in the end.
The children have been very active stewards of their garden and always jump at opportunities to water the plants, pull out weeds and harvest a few ripe produce. Now that we have our ELC chickens back, we will definitely have more veggies to share with them, on top of some scraps from our kitchen.
Our garden has offered a lot of our ELC children a variety of opportunities for learning. This might be learning about the life cycle of a plant, how things grow, a place to spend time with a friend, and even just to take a quiet moment to watch butterflies or bees as they flutter by for a visit and a feed.
As another season approaches, we wonder what the children will come up with, as they think about what life will thrive in the garden and what work with our hands would be necessary for another bountiful harvest in Autumn.