We spent the last two beautiful days enjoying our Five Senses Outdoor Classroom and Community Habitat Garden. We planted vegetable plants and seeds in our teaching garden raised beds, sunflowers by our giant ruler, and perennial flowers in the pollinator beds.
Each age group enjoyed time digging and playing in the Children’s Exploration Area, with a sand box, gravel box, fairy garden, dinosaur garden, and lots of garden tools and dirt! Feel free to stop by anytime and take a peek at the growing plants, the little peaches, apples, blueberries and blackberries.
Check out these links to see how much our garden has grown:
On Friday we had our first planting day in the garden! Each class planted fall vegetable seeds in their own raised bed – peas, carrots, lettuce, turnips, lots of leafy greens and root veggies. We planted our herb garden so we can explore all the wonderful smells of lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme and more. In our pollinator garden beds, we mounted bird houses, bug hotels and butterfly houses so come spring, we can see all the beautiful creatures that will come to our garden. Now we wait and watch things grow!
On Wednesday morning, a group of Mountain Brook High School Seniors and staff spent 2 hours of community service here at MBPC, completely reviving our garden in preparation for some exciting new plans! The community garden has been a part of MBPC for many years, and has experienced several transitions. We are excited to announce that we are in the process of renewing the garden to serve the preschool, church and community as an educational space, with a quiet Habitat Garden, a perennial pollinator garden, and an outdoor classroom with a teaching garden. The MBHS group gave us the kick-start we needed as we begin this energizing project!
The 4 year old classes have planted a garden this year, right outside the window of Mrs. Tina’s class. Students brought in garden soil, plants and seeds, and record notes and drawings in their garden journals. There is something new to see every day, as we learn about our world and where our food comes from!
Our Summer Fun Program may be nearing its end, but these kids have had some fun and educational experiences that won’t be forgotten! Over the past few weeks we have explored “Providers” and “Scientists,” learning about farming, cooking, and discovering our world.
We put our own MBPC Community Garden to use by meeting our resident gardener, Laura McWane, for a tour of the growing vegetables. Located behind our playground, all ages got to see the corn on the stalks, the carrots growing underground, the peppers, eggplant and okra ready to be picked. And of course, they loved to see the tall, beautiful sunflowers! Our oldest campers spent some extra time with Ms. Laura and helped weed the lettuce beds!
As a celebration of exploring under the sea, we ended last week with Water Day! Everybody loves playing in the water on a hot summer day in our beautiful courtyard!