In the spring, our school went outside and grew potatoes. A few days ago, we went to harvest them. Half of the class worked in the garden and the other half played and then we switched! To harvest them, one person had to stand on the soil and push a pitchfork into it as hard as you could with one foot as someone else pulls a bunch of the potatoes out of the soil. They were either huge or tiny! They looked like little pink and red things surrounded by leaves that fell off of the tree that somehow got underground. I think that if my Mom harvested potatoes, she would probably make mashed potatoes or french fries!!!
written by Rylan
Last spring we planted potatoes in our crop beds. We cut the potato in half. With the eyes sticking up is the way to plant them! We must have done a great job because all of the potatoes grew! There were at least 60 potatoes in the garden! I hope to make oven potatoes!!
written by Sophie
We went outside with Mrs. Chapnick to get our potatoes. One person used the fork and stuck it in the soil behind the potato and the other person pulled the potato plant. The person with the fork pulled it back and at the same time the other person pulled the potato plant when the person with the fork said, "go!" It was so much fun! I would like to make baked potatoes out of them!
written by Duncan
We found some of the biggest potatoes in the school's entire garden life! They were the size of giant tarantulas and way bigger than baseballs! The biggest one was the size of a grown-up's hand!!! I would say we got about 40 potatoes. The potato plants looked like weeds. If I got to pick what it was going to be, I would make potato chips!
Inspired by our love of the outdoors and nature.....our monthly book draw will be the beautiful book, "Step Outside!" Be sure to send in your draw slip from the September newsletter. For the remainder of the year please send your child's name on a recycled slip of paper once you have viewed Edsby, the blog, Twitter or the school website.
Each month we have an assembly to celebrate the children at SSES! Mrs. Cuthbert shares a beautiful story with us, we have a dance party to get moving and we celebrate each child's birthday! This year, each child will be receiving a kite to decorate and let their creativity shine!!!
Exploring nature is an integral part of our philosophy at SSES....many classes have been outside exploring and discovering nature! It provides opportunities for authentic research, writing, numeracy, inquiry and collaboration....and countless other learning experiences!