Life’s Messy moments

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If you have a child in your home, you know that everyday is a “messy” day. Clorax wipes was the first cleaning supply the Princess ever used. One of her weekly chores is to take a wipe and wash all the doorknobs throughout the house. This is a great job for a little one to do. Because if it isn’t done perfectly and completely, that’s okay. They swiped the knobs and they will do it again next week. I figure every little bit helps! She takes a great deal of pride in this job too!

But, when you deal with twenty 3 and 4 year olds everyday, messy takes on a whole new meaning!

Yup, I am talking about the Princess’s preschool. We volunteer in the classroom pretty much everyday. One of the things that the teachers appreciate the most is if we deal with “clean up”. This frees them up to be with the kids.

The number one thing we use is the water/Clorax spray bottle. Everything gets Clorax-ed every day (and yes, that is the term we use…Cloraxed).

Last week we organized a special presentation for the kids during school. It was….Worm Day!

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Let me explain.

At the High School we volunteer, we started teaching them about composting. And one of the very best composting is Vermi Posting. This is a worm compost method. Before any of you get into the “yuck” factor, let me just say that the rich black compost that is created through this method is referred to as Black Gold by gardeners. The is the crème de le crème of compost! One tablespoon of this in a houseplant will do miracles for you plant. It is in very high demand and is very expensive.

There is a select group of teenagers that have been working with Troy to create this compost and keep it up. Four teenage girls really got involved and decided that this is what they wanted to work on for their project for the FFA Leadership Skills Demonstration Competition.

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We offered them the opportunity to practice their demonstration at the princess’s preschool class as a way to prepare for this big competition. The girls jumped at the chance! We knew the kids would love it! hello….we are talking worms here!

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The girls did a great presentation and all the kids loved it.

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The next day, this modified gray tub made it’s permanent home in the classroom. It is filled with worms, shredded newspaper, a little soil and a pulverized apple to get the worms feeding.

And of course, part of the learning process is to let the kids touch and pick up the worms. Those worms were all over this table!

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Okay, so we thought they were just all over the table! Wrong! Somehow there was worm trails and dirt on the chairs, on the floor, on bookcases etc! Once the worms were put away and the teachers gathered the kids for a hand washing trip to the bathroom, we grabbed the bleach sprayer and went to town! And even found a lost and lonely worm hiding by the trash can. But, what a fun day for everyone!

The children gather around when one of us or the teachers feed the worms. They are excited to realize that their lunch time vegetable/fruit leftovers get recycled by feeding them to the worms.

There are so many amazing lessons that can be taught through this project. I know that our volunteer project aren’t exactly the “norm” for preschoolers but, they seem to enjoy them as do the teachers and even other classrooms want to visit this classroom!

So, nature is fun and great for learning but, it is also very dirty (but isn’t that part of the real fun?!)

So, by this point are you all just sitting there thinking, “Geez, the more I read Diann’s blog, the stranger I think her life is!” I don’t blame you. 

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12 comments :

  1. When you have children there is no end to the messy side of life it seems...still I miss it. Enjoy those days! Hope your Saturday is a super one!

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  2. I think my girls would have loved this when they were in preschool also. I love how involved you and Troy are in the Princesses life! hugs, Linda

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  3. Haha, I can only just laugh- I cannot imagine that as much as I try.

    Hilarious.

    This is a bit off-topic, but you couldn't know I have a illogical and really sincerely deep rooted aversion to earth worms. I don't mind spiders or snakes or even rodents (not that I see or think about them anytime) but laudy laudy don't even get a worm near me. I have no idea why, they are so helpful and harmless but eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww makes my skin crawl.

    I actually shouted when I saw your pictures of a bunch of earth and worms in those hands..........icky ick ick. I know, I am a weirdo.

    But I think what you are teaching is awesome, and so glad you are doing it. Takes the patience of a saint to be able to spend hours at a time with so many itty bitty chilluns.

    Fun post, but icky, haha.

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  4. This reminded me of my childhood. I used to play with worms when I was a kid. Found them fascinating. Now I think they're icky. Things change. take care.

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  5. Ooo, I could NOT hold worms in my hands!

    Happy Blue Monday, Diann. Be sure to check out my book giveaway.

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  6. Two of my little grandsons used to dig in my flower bed for fishing worms. When they got enuf to fish with, off we went. Some wonderful times and even more wonderful memories.

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  7. LOL reminds me of going fishing with my Dad..always got him to put the worm on the hook..

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  8. Kids and messiness I think is what I call synonyms hehehe they go hand on hand ^_^ Thanks for the information.

    Canada

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  9. Love this idea!

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  11. I would say that would CERTAINLY be a Life's Messy Moment!!
    Thanks for linking up!

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