Since June, all four classes of Young Life Christian Preschool have come and visited Common Ground Garden! Each group started off by reading the book “The Vegetable Garden,” a story about where food comes from and all the parts needed for a healthy garden (good soil, water, and sunlight).
Next, the preschoolers took a sensory tour of the garden. We took a look in the worm box, identifying critters that are helpful for creating rich soil. For June, we sampled rattlesnake beans and strawberries, two tasty treats in season this month. Next, we sniffed some rosemary leaves and discussed what type of food they reminded us of. (Baked chicken?) Finally, we got up close and personal with some sunflowers, feeling their prickly stems and rough leaves. The kids were amazed to see how tall the stalks were – even taller than all the adults!
These mini classes give the preschoolers the chance to experience outdoor education early on, and gain a foundational appreciation of where their food comes from. Every student may know what a strawberry looks like, but seeing a ripe one growing on the bush is a whole different experience! The lessons change every month to reflect which fruits and vegetables are in season.