Every Wednesday morning, when the moon is waning (becoming less visible in the sky), the 8th grade spends the first 10 minutes of the day tending to their class garden. This allows the students to connect with the moon cycle through their work on the land.
When the moon is waxing (becoming more visible in the sky), it encourages growth forces. When weeding and pruning we want the opposite, so we align the plucking with the waning cycle of the moon. Fun fact: hairdressers also coordinate with the moon’s influence! If you need a trim but want your hair to stay short, schedule your trim during the waning moon.
Last Wednesday was particularly rainy, so the 8th graders were only asked to spend 5 minutes helping the first grade cut back the flower garden. The photo shows how much they accomplished in such a short amount of time!
Another activity that Living Lab students have been participating in, is dipping beeswax candles for the winter spiral. Working with beeswax invites visits to the observation beehive (which is located in the first grade classroom) in order to see how the bees are responding to the colder weather.
When our beekeeper, Brian Lacy, visited earlier in the month, he said our hive was very strong. Though the bee population will drop over the winter, we may still need to supplement their food if they have not stored enough honey to sustain them into early spring. The 5th grade will be monitoring the hive and perform any necessary maintenance alongside our beekeeper.
Some of our students beeswax candles: