Mr. Sarda’s kindergardeners spent a rainy day getting to know the red wiggler worms from our worm composter on January 22. As an introduction, the class began by trying to guess the garden helper they were going to meet: a helper that digs in our garden to allow oxygen and water to penetrate the soil; a helper that takes old vegetable scraps and makes rich soil out of them; a helper without arms, and with smooth reddish-brown skin.
Worms! The children sang a song, The Red Wiggler Blues, and then met the worms themselves. Their job was to use their minds like scientists and observe the worms and the compost in which they live. What did they notice? What else was living in the compost? What were the worms doing? What were their bodies like? Then Mr. Sarda asked them to draw pictures of their worms, including any details they happened to notice.
These are things the children noticed:
The worms have lines on their bodies. The worms wiggle when you pick them up. They pull back when you touch them. They are soft. They come in all sizes and many colors. They like to knot together. There are other things in the soil with the worms tiny bugs, little tan worm eggs,rotten veggies. Children who were uncomfortable with the worms at first got over their reticence quickly and began to delve more deeply into the can of worms they’d opened. Their conclusion? Worms are wonderful!