Dalkey School Project/ Forest Friday

Session 8

Pine Grove Meeting

The children drew leaves from trees that they have been exploring over the past few weeks. These will go into their Forest Friday scrapbooks.

Our Focus Plant – Herb Robert – Also known as Red Robin, stinking bob, Death come quickly, Storksbill, Dove’s Foot, Crow’s Foot, Fox Geranium, bloodwort or Robert Geranium. Is a geranium in the Cranesbill family.  Fresh leaves and flowers can be eaten or made into a tea. Rubbing fresh leaves on the skin is said to repel mosquitoes, and the entire plant repels rabbits and deer. Full of vitamin B and C and a good source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. It has strong antioxidant properties, boosting the immune system.

Herb Robert Tea.

Story – The Rainbow Story

Once upon a time the colours of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.

Green said: “Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, leaves, trees–without me, all animals would die. Look out over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority.”

Blue interrupted: “You only think about the Earth, but consider the sky and sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing.”

Yellow chuckled. “You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth to the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Ever time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me, there would be no fun.”

Orange started next to blow her temper. “I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangos, and pawpaws. I don’t hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you.”

Red could stand it no longer. He shouted out: “I am the ruler of all of you. I am blood! Life’s blood. I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire to the blood! I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poppy and the poinsettia. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon!”

Purple rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: “I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am a sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me. They obey.”

Finally, Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others but with just as much determination: “think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me, you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace.”

And so all the colors went on boasting and quarreling, each convinced of their own superiority. Soon, their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening! Thunder rolled and boomed! Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear drawing close to one another for comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, Rain began to speak: “You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don’t you know you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me.”

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The rain continued: “From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of colors as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow.”

And so, whenever a good rain washes the world and a rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.

Focus – 40 shades of greenIMG_1278 copyIMG_1313 copy

Matching Colours

The children worked in pairs. Each pair was be given a card with a variety of greens on it and a strip of double sided tape.

The children were asked to find as many greens to match the colours on the card and reminded to take care of plants (only pick something if there’s 10 of them you’re leaving behind)

Senior Infants

Second Class

Mixing Colours

The children worked in pairs. They were asked to mix many greens and see could we find 40.

Senior Infants

Second Class

Second Class made 64 shades of green so Debbie, who was singing the Johnny Cash song

‘ Forty Shades of Green’ had to change it to ‘ Sixty Four Shades of Green’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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