Fairy in the Garden at BME

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Fairy in the Garden at BME

Spring brought more than just the usual flowers and bugs to the Burnley Moran garden: the garden club also set up a home and mailbox for a fairy to move to the garden. Immediately the fairy began to write letters to students, and students read, responded, and created places for the fairy to live.

The following weeks were filled with 1st and 2nd grade students creating habitat for a garden fairy throughout the garden; students of all ages creating homes, structures and art pieces out of materials found in the garden; kindergarteners practicing their writing and drawing by sending letters back to the fairy; 4th graders responding to letters as the “fairy” and 2nd graders practicing their letter writing format and writing letters of inquiry to the fairy. The project really allowed students to channel their creativity while reinforcing educational lessons being learned in the classrooms.

What kinds of habitat does a fairy live in? Some classes decided that a fairy needed a protected area from predators, others decided fairies needed to live in trees to have the privacy they deserve, some decided that they need a pool of water to bathe and relax in.Usually their home had to be full of mint to smell good, and free from all weeds that had prickly leaves.

What food do fairies eat? The fairy garden was often found full of chopped up pieces of kale, mustard greens, or lettuces while being decorated with flowers and sometimes an occasional crushed potato chip or cookie. Sounds like it definitely needs a balanced nutritious diet!

The fairy mailbox would often be full of drawings of bugs, flowers and plants of the garden. Occasionally it had letters written to the fairy about what was going on in the garden, and some poems about the garden. It was also common to find picked flowers in the mailbox.

While the garden club simply set up an empty fairy mailbox, it turned into an opportunity for students to discuss habitat and diets, practice reading and reading aloud, become entomology and botany artists, engineer natural buildings, work in teams, author poems and stories, and more. Magical!

Don’t forget!
During the summer, students, parents and anyone else can still help in the garden! In fact the garden could really use the attention. There is plenty of work to upkeep the garden and there will be many harvests from the crops planted by the students in the spring. If you’re interested in helping keep the garden beautiful and taking home some fresh produce, there are weekly workdays from 9 – 12pm on Fridays. Come for 10 minutes or 3 hours! Any help would be greatly appreciated. The produce is growing faster than we can harvest it!