Williams youngsters get a lesson in local farming
Transitional kindergarten students at Williams Elementary School have been learning about locally grown crops by getting up close and personal.
For the past several weeks, watermelon, sunflowers and corn have all been a part of the vocabulary, science, food, art and hands-on stations in the students' classroom.
Students ate watermelon and counted, saved and dried the seeds. They were able to see sunflowers growing in the garden at their school, see where the seeds come from, and enjoyed shelled sunflower seeds for their snack. Measuring a stalk of corn, pulling back the husks and finding kernels and eating popcorn concluded the lesson.
Seeds from each food were used in art projects that now decorate the classroom.
Teacher Barbara Mayberry said she enjoys teaching the lesson, even as she spends time during her days off searching the countryside for watermelons, sunflowers and corn to take into her classroom to share with her students.
This is the second year Williams Elementary has offered the transitional kindergarten class, which provides a preparatory year for youngsters who have birthdays in the fall months, and due to new state laws, are ineligible for regular kindergarten.