We were really excited today to have a visit from Marina Levitina. Marina is a local artist and nature advocate (we found out really quickly what that meant when she came in with her beautiful plants and photos!) We met her friends, the sleeping Meadowsweet, the Lady's Mantle with a water jewel, and StJohnswort (who has no warts!)
Marina asked us about our favourite plants or trees, and we had a huge variety to tell her! We looked at some local plants on her slideshow, and talked about times we had seen these plants ourselves. She also told us a story about Cú Chulainn and the Meadowsweet fairy!
Since Meadowsweet is sleeping for the winter months, Marina had some dried blossoms for us to smell. They were gorgeous! She also told us how plants were used long ago as medicine, and that people nowadays are trying to learn more about doing this with local plants. People with special training and knowledge can tell you about plants that can be made into teas and syrups to help with different sicknesses, or even just to have a lovely, hot drink on a cold winter's day!
Finally, we got some sugar paper and chalk, and drew some of our own pictures of flowers. Most of us liked Marina's picture on the blackboard so much that we drew meadowsweet, or horses with meadowsweet, or even the meadowsweet fairy from the story! Others drew pictures of their own favourite plants, or other plants from the presentation we saw.
We loved our visit with Marina, and we can't wait to see her again!
4th, 5th and 6th in the prefab!
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Ms McNamara's Class