This week we begin a new series on the blog called "A Window In." They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words, and these images are just that. A window into a day of vibrant learning, happening at our sweet little school inspired by Waldorf Education.
We see color, movement, exploration, collaboration, play, building and growing. We see our younger children learning from our older children during a woodworking class and our Sunflower Nursery children learning to garden. From dress ups to a circle time where a tale of the three bears is told, here is a look into Bayou Village School from this past week.
Our Grades Classes have been studying farming over the last month as one of their academic blocks. Blocks last three to four weeks to provide time for students to fully digest and assimilate the material. They have been studying the workings of a farm, where food comes from and behaviors and patterns of the animals on the farm.
In addition to their classroom studies they have had the great opportunity to visit the Last Organic Outpost each Friday during the school day to experience their academics first hand. The Last Organic Outpost, located in Houston's Fifth Ward, generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston's under-served neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art & education. They empower communities through sustainable agriculture that teaches residents to produce safe, healthy and accessible food for all.
The children spend their mornings sifting mulch to extract dirt to create a new "kale mountain," a form that rises up in the center of the farm what will soon be covered with fresh growing kale. They feed the horses and harvest cilantro, mesclun and other winter greens. And along the way find small surprises like frogs! This hands on outdoor experience with their peers builds comradery and an understanding of the importance of building sustainability and where our food really comes from.
We would like to thank Farmer Joe for working with our children.
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