Bugs in the garden

 

I have very fond memories of the compost heap as a child. There is something about the teeming millions of tiny creatures busily munching away on dead animals and plants that is very nostalgic and special for me. I love the rich earthy smell and brown black colour of compost. Outings to my garden are to introduce city kids to these delights and to connect them to the hidden world of organisms that live in the soil.

In April 2015, Oakley House Gr 3 children revelled in the chance to explore the garden and see what animals they could catch. Some had to be persuaded to get their hands dirty and hold an earth worm for the first time. Sadly, some kids wander around forlornly bleating ‘I havnt caught anything. Will you catch something for me?’ My response is ‘Of course I can but the fun part is the looking and the catching’ and with a little bit of encouragement they are able to locate and catch a woodlouse .

Looking for bugs under the plants
Looking for bugs under the plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most exciting part of the outing is seeing the animals under the microscope. Spiders are definitely the favourites but they move so fast that it is impossible to see them properly.

Wendy using the microscope to project the magnified image with the TV
Wendy using the microscope to project the magnified image with the TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardens are a place to sit and relax and catch up with oneself.

Finding time to just sit and relax and chat a little
Finding time to just sit and relax and chat a little

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole Gr 3 class of Oakley House squashed into my lounge
The whole Gr 3 class of Oakley House squashed into my lounge

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