Several mornings ago, we awoke to warmer air and blue skies! Was the snow finally melting? Was winter finally leaving New Hampshire?
When snow melts in April, the excess water that is not sucked into the earth forms puddles and miniature rivers. Dirt absorbs the water and becomes thick, dark mud. Mud is fun, but becomes problematic when your driveway is not paved or layered with gravel. Mud is fun, except when the mini van wheels turn, spitting brown splatter up into the air and you find yourself stuck and running late for preschool!
When we returned home, I decided that we needed to take action! The sun was quite warm and I was certain that with a little help, our flooded driveway could be drained by the end of the day!
I helped the boys put on their boots and armed them with shovels. I explained that we needed to create rivers and dams to force the water off of the driveway. However, I didn’t tell them how to do this. I wanted to give them the opportunity to learn by doing.
The boys simply began by digging furiously! I let them do so for several minutes, then asked them to stop and survey their work. Were they helping the water leave the driveway? If not, could they think of any ideas that would help us reach our goal?
Owen thought that he would try building a dam. “Good idea, Owen!” said Colin. “That will help the water stay over there.”
“That’s because when water flows, it carries and deposits sediment (bits of dirt and rock) with it as it flows.”
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