In this Year 1 (First Grade) year, Nature Study is usually reserved for Fridays. It’s our art, science and sometimes poetry and geography day depending on the week. On this particular Friday, we’re getting more hands on and learning all about WORMS & composting – Vermicomposting to be exact!
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Now, since we had the urge to learn about worms this week, we actually jumped to another week in the year instead of following the schedule. It’s the very end of the year, so we’re painting outside the lines a bit. Normally, we do stick to the schedule. Lynn has a schedule you can download off her site here: ENCW Calendar.
Another thing I like to do is look up Youtube Videos pertaining to our subject. This might also include an art lesson on how to draw them as well as a kid friendly informational video.
Then, we jump into the art part of the lesson. Today, we’re drawing up our on plan on vermicomposting using a 2-3 bin system. We talked about red wiggler earthworms, how they eat our food waste to create what is considered “black gold” soil for your garden, what are some food waste items to avoid as well as how to layer them into their new home. Here are some items we use weekly when we draw out our nature studies.
Not every Nature study lesson we do is hands on. This one happens to be. In the video above you canou enjoy a small glimpse into the hands-on portion of the day!
Here are some supplies you might need to do this at home:
And there you have it! Our Vermi-compost Nature Study Day is complete. We continue checking in on our worms, holding on to food waste from our kitchen as well as crumpled paper or cuttings from our homeschool room. I hope this encouraged you guys to get your hands dirty in your next Nature Study Lesson! Until next time friends!
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