Elementary Classroom Programs
This morning I (and another member of our study group) helped 65 3-6 year olds plant an african violet from some mouse ears we had.
The teachers used it as a learning module, we set them up with the baby food jars, solo cups, wicks, gravel, soil, plants, granules, spray and water for the plants. We walked them through the process but did not explain every reason why, just how. We finished treating them, bagged them and left.
We know we will be cuttin' it close for Mother's Day but our goal is to have them with at least the beginnings of some blooms. We'll go back in 3 weeks to check on their status and once established, we'll put some Dyna Grow Bloom to them. Most of the plants had been in bags for 4 or 5 months and have 6-8 leaves on them already.
When the kids take them home, we'll send a handout along with the plants for the moms promoting our study group with some simple directions for violet growth.
I'm wondering who else has done something like this and what words of experience and wisdom might you offer. I already realized several things that we will do differently next time and how to be more organized. I identified what were time eaters (writing the kids name on the solo cup) and what made things run smoother (having several containers of soil, gravel, etc from which to use from and having the plants already pulled apart and identified name wise)
Anyone have some tips to offer? One of the goals of our society was to provide educational and experience opportunities to community members of all ages so others can realize the pleasure from these plants. I started wtih this class this morning because the teacher is a great friend of mine and loves my flowers :) Before we had left, there were 4 request from other people/groups who were there observing something else for the day.
One more question, if it cost about 30 cents per child for supplies, would you ask for reimbursement when you take this kind of program to the classroom or community group? Would you provide the supplies that YOU want and just charge a fee.......or give the group a list of what they need to provide to you and chance it?