The Pre School is full of wonderful 3-4 year olds participating in a diverse range of programs from art, to language, to math and now to worms! Yes, worms! The pre school decided that it was time to stop throwing their snacks and food items into the bin and start a composting program – and they chose worms!
Starting this past April the school set up a worm bin for each of the 4 classes. In the beginning they kept them inside to keep the worms warm. The inside bucket was lined around with bug screen taped to the bottom and around the rim so worms would not escape through the many air holes in the sides.
The lid for the inside bucket was on tight when indoors, but left ajar when outside, and no worms tried to escape.
At first, the parents were not adding enough paper so it was suggested to add more and decrease the amount of orange peels as well as a bit of water.
Because the teachers wanted to show the worms again to the children when the food had been transformed, they stopped adding food, and so there is still some paper left.
They plan to repeat this next year, and I think they could do it in the fall and in the spring, as there is a long break for the holidays. If they want to compost all food, a bigger bin will be needed.
This is terrific and I can hardly wait as my soon to turn two year old will be in the pre school in September, a newly hatched three year old ready to paint and play with worms! Brilliant!