At 4.9cm our current leader is.... Maria Beatrice!!!
The current runners up are Giovanna, Flaminia, Caren and Gianmario.... which makes us wonder.... do girls grow taller flowers? Keep your eyes on this blog every Friday to see which sunflower wins the race!
We really enjoyed meeting all the enthusiastic students from Marymount who came to the Hazelhut to learn about plants today. They hunted for plants in the grounds, using observational skills and then categorised these plants depending on their uses.
Next the teams split, with one group heading to the veg patch and the other in search of herbs and naturally occurring plants which can be eaten by man.
After we had collected enough for a small salad we returned to the house for a well deserved lunch. Our special salad was served after lunch and showed how healthy these Marymount kids are: they woolfed it down!
In the afternoon each child filled a pot with soil and chose a promising sunflower seed to plant. They watered them and made sure they will have plenty of sun. They wrote their names on a label and decorated the pot with a picture and then left them in a row for the slowest competition going..... whose sunflower will grow the tallest?
Don't forget to check this blog every 2 weeks to find out which sunflowers are winning. Goodbye Grade 3, come back soon!
We were delighted to welcome a record number of children and their teachers from Marymount school to the Hazelhut today! Unfortunately their bus was too big to get through Ronciglione so we had to make a long detour, but when they finally got here, the children were ready for action. Their day out was based around the senses.
In their teams - porcupines, hedgehogs, foxes and badgers, all kids headed into the woods. The first stop was the chicken coop, where we gathered the eggs and some children had the chance to pet Floppy.
Next we explored the chestnut grove and meadow. We heard many different bird sounds and even made some sounds of our own. We saw many wild flowers and even some animal burrows.
After the long walk, the children were hungry. It was time to make pizza!
After lunch and a play on the pitch, the children put their memories of today into a large piece of artwork. Each child built on the work that had gone before to make a beautiful frieze of their day out.
Then it was time to say 'Goodbye' and wave off the big bus. The Hazelhut wishes to thank all the children for their positive attitudes and the teachers for their cooperation and support on a very busy day! Come back soon!
Today we welcomed 10 prep children to the Hazelhut to further explore their unit about mini beasts. When everyone had arrived we headed off to look for creepy crawlies in the grounds. The first place we went was the vegetable patch where we found a very hungry caterpillar!
Then we headed to the chestnut grove, picking up the chickens' eggs en route. Our girls laid one each today - they must enjoy having all these children around!
The woodlands were full of insects and slugs and worms and many tiny creatures we didn't even know the name for! Many children liked the bright red ladybirds best.
All the children enjoyed the freedom of the fresh air and the long tall grass.
Everyone was very hungry by the time we had our picnic lunch and for once we hoped not to see any insects!
After lunch it was time to identify what makes an insect such an unusual creature. These young children were very knowledgeable and had no problem using words like 'exoskeleton', 'thorax' and 'antenna' - we were very impressed! They translated their knowledge about insects into some fabulous models with almost all the same features as real insects. They even found their way out of the art room and onto the Hazelhut plants!
After all that creative thinking, we played some outdoor games. But all too soon, it was time to go home.... Enthusiastic classes like Prep are always welcome at the Hazelhut: see you soon!
There was not much left to do today other than tidy up, pack up and head home. Before they left the 'Hazelhutters' all received a certificate for taking part in the activities and for working as a team. Then all too soon parents arrived. They tried the elderflower cordial, which was very popular and then we had to say goodbye. Please come back soon!