Monday, April 4, 2016

TLS Garden Days are coming soon!!!

Spring is here!!!  Change is in the air.  As we teachers venture out onto the playgrounds at The Little School, we notice some things that could use some improvement.  The kids are getting bigger and are ready for some changes in their environment.  The gardens are beginning to awaken from their winter slumber and are ready to be planted.  And so, we plan for our annual TLS Garden Day.

What is Garden day?

Garden day is a TLS community work-day.  Parents, staff and kids all work together to make some improvements to the school grounds.  In years past, projects have included; creating a rock river bed for our playground, planting tomatoes and peppers in the garden, moving a playhouse from one playground to another, and planting bamboo in tires and making a roof-top garden.  It is an example of how "Many hands make light work."  And FUN is also definitely a part of the day.  Kids get to romp and play together or do creative projects, like helping to decorate the Fairy Garden or making stepping stones.  And at the end of the hard work comes the reward of a delicious lunch provided by our amazing chefs!!!

What's planned for this year?

TLS Hillsborough - 2 Saturdays April 9 and April 16 from 8 a.m.-Noon
This year we have split our garden day into 2 garden days so everyone can work hard in the morning, eat a yummy lunch, and then go home for a well-deserved nap.  Each classroom has come up with several projects.  The Infant classrooms, the 2- and 3-year-old rooms in the Purple Building, and the 3 year-old rooms in the Yellow building will be doing their projects on April 9th.   While the 1-year-old classrooms and the Pre-K classes will be doing their projects on April 16th.  Families are welcome to attend either or both Garden Days as we have additional school-wide projects as well.
Projects include:
Creating a stone labyrinth
Building a rock creek
Adding manipulation boards to a play-structure
Painting the library
Planting vegetables and flowers and herbs
Making painted rocks for the gardens
Making stepping stones
And general garden work and sprucing up

Note:  Please bring garden and work tools to share (wheel barrows are much needed) and label them so we can make sure to return them to you.  Also, plant donations are being requested by classroom this week and next week.

TLS Duke - Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Big plans have been made and parents have already been signing up and gearing up for the big day!
Projects include:
Building a trellis and car-port (for toy cars, of course)
Creating a block center
Making a Tire dome
Building a Tee-pee
Creating a gravel area for toy trucks
Improving play kitchen area, music areas and outdoor art spaces, and safe place
Lots of Gardening and planting

Looking forward to seeing everyone and working together!