"I like that we made a way to scoop mulch as a team and everyone else copied what we were doing," observed a first grade girl with flower behind her ear as we munched jaboticaba and reflected on the day's garden experiences.
Sure enough, she and a friend developed an assembly-line style shoveling method so they didn't have to weave back and forth between the mulch pile, the wheelbarrow, and other shovelers. Instead they stood in place, the first person scooping mulch, then dumping it into the shovel of the next person, on down the line until the scoop was finally dumped into the wheelbarrow. Sure, the method took a few minutes longer and lost mulch along the way but it was safer because small children holding shovels twice their size did not have to duck and weave between other working shovel holders. Their method was copied by another crew, and by the time I walked to the hose and back, the wheelbarrows were full, no one took a shovel to the face, kids were smiling and discussing who got to drive the wheelbarrow back to the garden.
I was stoked that the crew of mini-workers were so stoked about their team approach to shoveling. Another unexpected gem of wisdom from a practicle little girl noting the satisfaction she recieved from leading effectively and creating a workable system. There is no way of measuring teamwork learning that occurs in garden class because lessons seep into everyday life. No garden grows by itself; it takes a village to feed a village. Leave it to the littlest gardeners at all to remind me of this simple fact.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.