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!
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.
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!
The girls did a great presentation and all the kids loved it.
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!
Red Composting Worms
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.
I am joining:
I ‘m sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from TidyMom as part of Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign .
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