Rustler Roost News 4-24-13

Posted April 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Rustler Roost




ROOST KIDS get peppers, tomatoes and marigolds planted and ready for the greenhouse in eager anticipation of seeing some green soon. 

While the green thumbs are starting to itch, everyone is wishing for some sun. This week the kids got their hands in the dirt to plant seeds – some for taking home and some for the Roost’s summer garden. While a few were familiar with the routine, this was a new experience for a number of others. Putting the starter “soil” gently into the cells, planting the seeds one-by-one, and lightly topping them off were some techniques learned. They compared seed size and shape, and learned about labeling. Now it is “Grow seeds, grow!”

The Roost feels most fortunate to have a plot in the community garden at the Methodist Church property. It is close with easy access and it should be a good learning experience for the kids as they plant, weed, water, observe the growing process, and try some new foods/flavors.

Bella made an “appearance” this week when Shelby read a few of Bella’s mysteries to the kids. Children needed to listen closely to the short stories to become aware of the clues that help solve the mysteries.

The good wet snow early in the week was perfect for making great snowmen and snow walls. As the ground began to appear later in the week. The kids needed to play on the cement to save the lawn in front of the high school. Out came the jump ropes again to play a group jumping game.

Pompom bookmarks were made from yarn. It’s a long way to count to 90 – the number of yarn wraps to make the pompom. The fun part was giving it a “haircut” to get it nice and round.

Farmer and Geese was learned – a game played with 13 buttons on a five-square by five-square grid. The farmer (only one button) tries to catch the geese (twelve buttons) and the geese try to trap the farmer.

It’s a bit like checkers.

Jamie O’Rourke, was an amusing Irish tale the kids heard. Beatrice’s Goat, another story read to the kids, takes place in an eastern African village. It is a heartwarming reminder that families, wherever they live, can change their lives for better. It brought awareness of a nonprofit organization called Heifer International that’s working to end hunger through gifts of farm animals and training. Another story, Tops and Bottoms by a favorite author/illustrator, Janet Stevens, was appropriate at this time of planting. Through some silly tricks Hare pulls on Bear, the kids learn about the edible parts of veggies and whether they grow above or below ground.

News Flash! The eggs have arrived! Two-dozen chicken eggs have been delivered and carefully placed in the incubator along with a “stranger” – a duck egg. Questions and eagerness abound! The assistance of the custodian was solicited to help with the daily turnings. He will turn the eggs in the mornings and the kids will do it in the afternoons. We’ll have a progress report in 21 days.

The wish list includes bathroom tissue tubes, totes with or without lids, window blinds, and old stepladders that can be in wobbly and poor condition. As folks plant 4 and 6 packs of flowers this spring the Roost would be happy to have the used packs.`

The Roost will be open this summer. For information about registering kids that have completed kindergarten through 5th grade call the Roost at 853-0180.