HSV Garden Challenge: Linkup #2
It has been a lot of fun to be intentional about using gardening and plants in our school time and I love hearing the kids talk about what they are learning. The other day my husband was talking about plant 'dirt' and the kids informed him that plants need 'soil' and not 'dirt'. He was amazed at being corrected by a couple of preschoolers! ;D
Last time I posted about the Garden Challenge, I shared that the kids & I had planted Zinnia seeds. We were all amazed when the seeds sprouted within 2 days! They now have a couple sets of "real" leaves & look like zinnia plants. We have been measuring the plants for the last 2 weeks and found that they grew about 1 inch between the two weeks. My oldest is finding this rapid growth very interesting. Today we will be taking our 3rd measurement. It will be interesting to see if it continued this pace!
My Father's World Kindergarten curriculum and Preschool Gardening Pack from Home School Creations as the basis for our study. Last week we studied the letter P. It was easy to discuss plant growth (sequencing), planting, and pots. We also incorporated Easter and the story of Jesus' death, burial & resurrection into our P week when we planted an Easter Garden. It was a great spiritual & practical plant/seedling illustration! :D
This week we are studying the letter K. I have not found natural ways to include K in our garden lessons, but I plan on continuing our observation of both the zinnia and the wheat grass seedlings that we have planted.
Next week we will be taking a spring break, but will back into full swing the second week of May. I'm hoping we will be able to take our garden classroom outside & plant into the garden late that week or the next.
Happy Learning and Gardening! :)