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5101fde367568 Anthony pushing....Kailee giggling!
Anthony pushing....Kailee giggling!

SVCA Kindergarten Project

January 25, 2013

The idea for the Kindergarten project came about after reading the book Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens.  The Kindergarten students learned that sometimes we eat the roots of the plant and sometimes we eat the part of the plant that grows above the ground.  The kids sorted pictures of the two categories of vegetables.  We had a discussion about which vegetables the kids like to eat.   Ben said, “I don’t like lettuce!”   Well…that did it…I had to convince him to change his mind! And with that, the Kindergarten project was underway.

Phase One:
Phase One was initiated in early November when we developed a plan to use bales of straw as the foundation of a raised garden in the school greenhouse.  The upper grade students helped to get the greenhouse ready by removing two tables so we would have available space for our project.  
We (and by we I mean eight kindergarten students and myself) transported twelve bales of straw to the greenhouse.  The students steered the cart on the sides while I did the pushing from behind.  The Kindergarten students did a nice job guiding the cart…no one was injured, and in a short time we had accomplished our goal.

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5101fde367568Kailee pushing...Anthony giggling!
Kailee pushing...Anthony giggling!

Phase Two
Phase Two was completed right before Thanksgiving Break.
How did five and six year old kindergarten students move a 40-pound bale of straw inside the greenhouse?   They discovered if they worked together in teams of two, they could roll the straw bales into position.  I had a great time watching the kids come up with the strategy they wanted to use.   No team used the same method, but Kailee and Anthony definitely had a unique approach.   It looked something like this…Kailee pushed…Anthony giggled…Anthony pushed…Kailee giggled.   With the straw in position in the greenhouse, we were ready for Phase Three.

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5101fde367568Vincent using his muscles!
Vincent using his muscles!

Phase Three
Phase Three was going to begin right after Thanksgiving Break… or so we thought.   However, when we went into the greenhouse we discovered that we had a problem!

What could that problem be?  Would we be able to overcome it?  Check back next week to learn the details!

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