On Friday, October 9th the Pre-K, Early Years and Pre-School classes went on a field trip to a real field up on Mount Rokko. The field belonged to the Peace and Nature Non-Profit Organization that Anita is a member of and a few of it’s members, Mr. Bahram Enanloo and Mr. Kan Aoki were on hand to help us learn how to dig up sweet potatoes and turnip. As part of the Early Years whole year unit on Sharing the Planet it was a great opportunity for us to begin to explore what we get from plants and animals.
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We began by pulling up all of the leaves and stems from the sweet potato plants, and then discovered that sweet potatoes grow underground and are part of the roots. To get them out we had to dig carefully with shovels and garden spades, and then finally we really had to get our hands dirty to dig and pull the potatoes out at last! The students also had the chance to pick some turnips, they were much easier to pull out than the sweet potatoes.
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We also uncovered other living things as we dug up the potatoes, such as worms, grasshoppers, other insects and even some frogs!
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On the way to and from the field we stopped by at the nearby Ozo Elementary & Junior High School to eat snack and lunch. It was the perfect day for a picnic and it was nice to sit and eat outdoors with our new friends in Pre-K and old friends who have moved up to Pre-School. After lunch we had a bit of time to run and play on their huge school grounds and playground. Even the principal of Ozo came out to play with us.
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On the way back many students enjoyed a nice nap on the school bus, hopefully they were all well rested for Oktoberfest the next day!