High School Making Time for our Youngest Roadrunners

Once a month, the preschool classes of Stephanie Voss and Robin Eichner joined some of the Sustainable Living Lab high school classes for some fun learning activities. Here’s a slideshow of three months of gatherings.

Mother’s Day

Here ‘s Archie!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Thank you Mom’s for all you are doing for your child/children! I hope it was a good day. Here’s the link Google’s Doodle in honor of our moms. Students you can stamp a picture then show your mom. I took a screenshot to save mine. There are turtle stamps! Here’s a recent photo of my tortoise. From, Amy

https://www.google.com/doodles/mothers-day-2020-may-10

Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary April 22, 2020

We missed celebrating Earth Day at PDSD this year. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day was missed by many schools across the world. Still I want to share a link to the NASA website. Middle and High School students and parents here are some learning opportunities for you.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/earthdayathome-with-nasa/

Kindergarten and First Graders! Here is a fun game on my favorite reading website StarFall.com Help the girl and boy clean up the liter to help our Earth!

https://www.starfall.com/h/holiday/earthday/?t=293559085

I have always loved the Google Doodles. When I was teaching our computer class, we participated in the doodle competition every year. Here’s this year’s interactive EARTH DAY DOODLE!

This doodle is an interactive bee hunt! You will pollinate the flowers as you as you move through the game. You will also learn some important facts about the Very Important BEE!

https://www.google.com/doodles/earth-day-2020

All my students know I LOVE BEES! This video was filmed in my backyard. Check out this very focused bee! You can even see the young seeds developing in the center. 🙂

Sweet Potato Planting Time!

Last fall several elementary students took home beginning sweet potato plants with instructions of how to care for them. Here is a current photo of one student, Owen, at home with his still living sweet potato plant! I am so pleased that his plant survived the winter! Students, did any of your sweet potato plants survive? Now is the time to plant them!

Roots of the sweet potato slips grow quickly when put in water

Sweet Potato Tips:
They like heat but need to be protected from the hot AZ sun in the afternoons. Use a cover pictured here or plant it under a tree so it is protected from the harsh sun. Remember to keep them watered!

Below is a YouTube video showing how easy potato harvesting is when using fabric bags. These are great for home use and can be purchased online at Walmart or any garden shop.

Harvesting with Elementary Students

This year in our garden we were able to grow and harvest many vegetables to taste and create new recipes. Here are some of our elementary students proudly showing what they were finding in the garden.

Composting with our Middle School Students

Before Spring break some of our middle school students spent the day working with our compost bin. All year we have received unused produce from the kitchen as well as a variety of other types of organic materials. Here’s a short video of them explaining the process.