This week at school (which meets at my house, or in my basement to be exact) we've begun planting our vegetable garden (tomatoes, beans, lots of different kinds of peppers) and flower garden (from the zinnia and cosmo seeds westarted weeks ago). I have been waiting and waiting for the "safe" time to plant, and it was really hard to wait. But it's been great to get in the soil and get just get dirty.
We also read the book, The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart (which is weird because I have a friend named Sarah Stewart, but unfortunately she didn't write this book). If you haven't read this book, you need to. It's that simple. It's one of my favorite children's books (along with one of her other books, The Library). It's the story of girl, Lydia Grace, who moves in with her Uncle Jim and begins planting a garden in a secret place that she found, hoping she can make her uncle smile. So, so good.
Since this is basically a post about things we've been doing at school this week, I also wanted to share a couple of pictures from yesterday. I ordered a caterpillar kit from this website a month or so ago (you can order them anytime of the year). We've been watching them grow into caterpillars, make their chrysalis, and then emerge as a butterfly. It was something I think I'll do every year from now on, with school kids and with my own kids one day. Yesterday was the day we let them free. And it was awesome. Such a fun thing to see them fly out of the net and begin their journey outside of our classroom. The last butterfly was a little stubborn, but he gave everyone in the class a chance to hold him, which was just icing on the cake.