Monday, September 28, 2009

The joys of teaching vermicomposting

I really enjoy teaching vermicomposting to school children. Their excitement is wonderful, and some of the questions catch me by surprise.

Another observation by teachers has also caught me by surprise: several teachers, especially younger grades, have reported back that after my vermicomposting demonstration and the arrival of the worm bin there has been a change in the snack diet of the classroom .

Children want to participate in feeding the worms. However, only some food can be placed in the worm bin (e.g., remnants of fruits and vegetables and NOT processed sugary or salty foods), so children who want to feed the worms must bring in fruits and veggies.

Who would have thought vermicomposting would make children eat better?!