This week, Mount Madonna School (MMS) kindergarten, second and twelfth grade students visited Live Earth Farm in Watsonville, providing an opportunity for peer-to-peer mentoring, farm learning and for the youngest students, and increased opportunity of where food comes from.
“Our year- long study of ‘where things come from’ was front and center as we toured and tastes ourselves around a real organic farm,” commented kindergarten teacher Hema Walker. “As we explored the fields and hen house, visited cows and pigs, harvested yummy produce and pressed apples into cider, the children experienced their connection to Mother Earth first hand.”
In preparation for the field trip, kindergarten students learned about different kinds of farms and pondered where food comes from.
“They come to realize that everything that they buy in the grocery store, even ice cream, cakes and sandwiches, grew on a farm somewhere,” said Walker. “
Walker connects farm adventure with the kindergarten curriculum in several ways: reading aloud stories about farms and where food comes from; having students reflect on their farm experience in drawing journals, and creating original life cycle and identification books, and by providing students with an opportunity to caser for their own class garden.
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Nestled among the redwoods on 375 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.