Rainier Childcare Program

Rainier Community Center Afterschool Childcare Program has a garden component, giving kids an opportunity to grow food and learn about gardening.

4H is interested in partnering with the Rainier Childcare program to provide one hour per week of garden classes for kids 5 to 11 years old in childcare. The Advisory Council supports the formation of a demonstration style garden and is coordinating with Parks facilities staff to see how best to go about doing this.

* Current activities: continuing to work with staff on garden plan,
*Afterschool gardening curriculum calendar: please add ideas, augment ideas, share concerns, or contact Diana vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid#vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid to volunteer with the afterschool gardening program.
2009 Childcare Garden Curriculum
Wednesdays from 5 – 6 pm

Class structure – first 10 minutes do a garden stretch, second 10 minutes discussion about food and/or plants kids have noticed during the last week, last 40 minutes have activity. At the end of the class write down in the garden journal what you covered and how it went.

April
1st - This first day it would be great if we could all come and introduce ourselves and talk with the kids about gardening in general. Kids can go through garden catalogs and cut out pictures to do a garden collage for the bulletin board.

8th - Plant lettuce, radish and chard seeds in peat pots and put under grow light. Put bean seeds on wet paper towels then in plastic bags to sprout for next week’s class. Dye spring eggs with natural plant dyes: onion skins, beet juice, coffee.

15th - Look at sprouted bean seeds from last week and talk about different parts of seed and how each is needed to make the plant grow. Talk about how soil, sun and water are needed for good plant growth. Make veggie bingo boards.

22nd - Bring in carrots with tops and sweet potatoes and put toothpicks in them and suspend them to sprout in jars of water. (We could also bring in a few avocado seeds to sprout.) Pretend we are growing plants and talk about what we need to grow – talk about fertilizer. Have Richard and Robin come in and do garden songs with kids.

29th - Make garden smocks from old shirts from Goodwill and fabric paint. Discuss compost, why it’s important and how it’s made.

May
6th - Use of plants – medicinal, herbal. Bring in herbs for kids to smell and guess what they are and what they have been used for: mint, oregano, lavender, rosemary, basil. Plant herb seeds in peat pots and put under grow lights.

13th - Make egg heads, do food coloring in the water with celery stalks and/or carnations. If big enough give kids peat pots from and plant more seeds.

20th - Look at celery and/or carnations from last week and talk about how water and food coloring is drawn up through the plant. Watch some You Tube or other videos on plants and gardening. Make p-nut shell finger puppets.

27th - If big enough give kids peat pots from and plant more seeds. Plant out plants in the garden beds.

June
3rd - Continue working in garden beds. Paint wooden markers for different plants.

10th - Continue working in garden beds. Paint rocks to put around garden beds.

Rest of June – end of August is the summer program – what week would be good for a garden themed camp?

September
2nd - This first day it would be great if we could all come and introduce ourselves and talk with the kids about gardening in general. Kids can go through garden catalogs and cut out pictures to do a garden collage for the bulletin board. Make garden smocks from old shirts from Goodwill and fabric paint.

9th - Do a paper chain illustrating composting. Plant seeds in outside beds.

16th - Talk about going on a farm tour. Check calendar for the date. It usually is around September 27th. Harvest food and cook a small meal for kids and families.

23rd - Harvest herbs and make herbal hand creams and soaps.

30th - Seed collection and seed pictures.

October
7th - Apple or potato stamps

14th - Harvest and eat more

21st - Roots – type we eat, make a meal out of roots

28th - Do something with pumpkins for Halloween

November
4th - Make egg heads, do food coloring in the water with celery stalks and/or carnations.

11th - Bring in carrots with tops and sweet potatoes and put toothpicks in them and suspend them to sprout in jars of water. (We could also bring in a few avocado seeds to sprout.) Pretend we are growing plants and talk about what we need to grow – talk about fertilizer.

18th – Talk about where food comes for Thanksgiving

25th - This first day it would be great if we could all come and introduce ourselves and talk with the kids about gardening in general. Kids can go through garden cat

December
2nd - Use of plants – medicinal, herbal. Bring in herbs for kids to smell and guess what they are and what they have been used for: mint, oregano, lavender, rosemary, basil. Plant herb seeds in peat pots and put under grow lights.

9th - Work on holiday presents – start a cook book with recipes the kids have liked, make orange marmalade

16th - Work on holiday presents – a calendar of pictures of the kids working on garden projects

23rd - Work on holiday presents - herbal creams

30th - Start planning next year’s garden! Use old catalogs to cut out pictures.

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