a first-grade scholar draws a picture during reflection space
Over the past few weeks we've started every garden class with a five-minute "reflection space."
Reflection space is a time for scholars to complete a short written or artistic assignment in their garden journals, and to have a few minutes to relax and enjoy the garden before class begins.
When scholars arrive in garden class they receive a "do now" related to the classroom lesson. During our weather unit, for instance, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders were asked to record the temperature on a thermometer and make three observations about the day's weather. 1st graders who are still learning the basics of writing usually draw a picture of something they see in the garden.
After collecting their journal, a pencil and a reflection mat scholars head into the garden silently and pick a reflection space. When scholars finish the "do now" they can relax and enjoy the garden in peace.
We spend about five minutes in our reflection space before transitioning into the beginning of the lesson, a great way to start class on a serene note.
a 1st-grade scholar enjoys the garden after finishing her "do now"