This week, the children learned about the ways in which worms keep soil healthy for trees and flowers. On the first day, they had the opportunity to hold worms that I had brought in. Then they moved their fingers through finger paint, making tunnels as if they were worms.
They also learned that worms do not have eyes and that they breathe through their skin. They are hermaphrodites. We read two books about worms, Bob and Otto and Worm Loves Worm.
Children also looked at trees and felt their roots as we talked about the ways worms help to nourish them.
Many children dug for worms outside and gave them new homes in the soil. They also learned that you cannot give worms a bath.