A student writing in his journal about dill
The Herb Project is a fantastic project done with the older students at 24th Elementary. The students learn all aspects about herbs including identifying different types and growing their own herb bed. Eventually, the students will become herb experts, gardeners, and business people! At the end of the year, they sell the herbs to a local business so that they can understand a little bit about the farm to business to table processes.
Students locating where the origins of dill is (Italy)
Laurie, our resident herb expert extraordinaire, leading the discussion about dill
Some ideas about teaching herbs to kids:
- Herb identification: We frequently do this with students at recess. We'll head over to the herb bed and the students will first smell the herb and share what it smells like. Then, they'll taste it and describe what it tastes like. We do this with 3 or 4 herbs so that they may figure out which ones they like best.
- Cooking: This definitely goes hand in hand with our cooking series. The students almost always head over to the herb beds to pick fresh herbs for the day's cooking lesson. It helps them identify different herbs that go well with different recipes.
- Seeds: Once we see that the plant has dried out, we will show students where to find seeds. We stress the importance of saving the seeds and replanting them.