Kindergarten goes wild for wildflowers!

1 Jun

Over the last few weeks, most of the kindergarten classes have had a chance to go outside and marvel at what happened to all of those seeds that they stomped into the ground in the Fall- when they were new students at River Place Elementary.  Now, at the end of their Kindergarten year, they get to enjoy the beauty of all of the wildflowers that have sprung up.

The classes went out in small groups and got a chance to learn about 4 of the wildflowers that are growing in the field:  Coreopsis, Clasping Coneflower, Beebalm or Horsemint, and Indian Blanket.  Then they learned about how wildflowers want to create seeds that they can spread far and wide to create new plants next year.  Seeds can be transported by the wind, by animals or birds, or sometimes even hitch a ride on our clothing.

After testing their new knowledge by identifying a few varieties of wildflowers in the field, the kindergartners helped plant some new seeds in their garden bed- zinnias and marigolds.  Both of these varieties are easy to plant directly from seed in the garden and do well in our hot and dry summers.  We took some time after planting the seeds to notice plants in the other grades’ flower beds that were developing their own seeds.  Some of the classes even got to see a swallowtail caterpillar munching on a plant, growing bigger and bigger.

Thanks to all of the kindergarten teachers who helped the kids make their garden bed so beautiful!  Hey kindergarten, try and make a trip to your garden during the last week of school because believe it or not, your seeds are already sprouting!  And maybe you can take a peek in during the summer to see if flowers have come along. 


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