Composting is ‘Worming’ Its Way Into the Kindergarten Community!
Janna Sullivan, Kindergarten Teacher
The Kindergarten classes learned all about compost.
The Kindergarten classes hosted guest visitors from the Compost Education Centre on December 2 for an outdoor workshop called the “Wrigglers At Work.” Our inquirers investigated the basics of composting like, ’What is composting?,’ ‘Why do we compost?,’ ‘Where does compost go?’ and ‘How do worms help?’
Our young learners explored how red wriggler worms transform food waste into soil.When invited to try holding a worm, responses included, “It tickles me,” “I see its segments!” and “It feels wet.”
Our Kindergarteners have created our very own classroom compost bins (complete with red wrigglers), with the goal of using our compost harvest in our Junior School gardens. They even learned a compost dance to guide the process of mixing our compost materials together!
This is a special initiative that links all of our Units of Inquiry together including:
Who We Are: Caring actions have a positive impact on our community.
How the World Works: Investigating properties of materials. Which materials belong in the compost bin?
Sharing the Planet: We can make choices that help to protect the animals and plants that we share our environment with.
How We Express Ourselves: Everyone and everything has a story to tell. Exploring the story of red wriggler worms!
We look forward to continued learning opportunities as we manage our compost bins and care for our worms. Thank you to the Grade 5 helpers that joined us and will help to support our composting efforts, as well as the Compost Education Centre for a wonderful afternoon spent in our Junior School amphitheatre!
We wish to acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-Speaking Peoples on whose traditional territory we stand, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and Wsáneć Peoples whose historical relationships with the land, where we live, work, play and learn, continue to this day.