Note: The next and final link up will be June 29.
Our core study material continues to be parts of the My Father's World kindergarten curriculum as I posted in the first HSV Garden Challenge link up. Beyond that, this last month most of our garden studies have been more informal. I have transitioned to making a conscious effort to include the kids in what I am doing in the garden and yard, and tie that with the current letter we are studying.
We studied R (Rock) last week too and talked a lot about soil and horse 'compost' (manure) as I was also preparing the garden for planting (which they also helped me do). While we shoveled a load of 'compost' into the garden, my youngest grabbed an obvious horse dropping and said something to the effect of, 'this looks like poop!'. I replied that the 'compost' was all horse poop and that it was going to give the plants food and help them grow good veggies for us to eat. My oldest stopped digging, thought for a little bit, and responded, 'that's kind of icky!'. We all had a good laugh and finished emptying the compost into the garden. When asked later what we had done that day, my oldest responded like a well informed pro. 'Icky' or not, it was going to make the plants happy and so he was ok with it in the garden. :)
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library) as well. (As I browsed some other of the HSV Garden Challenge participants I was reminded to read 'The Hungry Caterpillar' as well!)
We were asked to post about what I have learned through the Garden Challenge. As a new homeschooling mom, I've learned how easy it is to incorporate garden learning into your daily life when you are being intentional about it and I look forward to extending that to other areas of learning as well. :) I am so excited to start harvesting from our garden in a few weeks. We always have lots of raw eating before I ever get around to cooking anything, but I look forward to some eggplant parmigiana fresh from my garden later this summer! :)
Have you been outside gardening with your kidos? I'd love to hear about it.
Happy Learning and Gardening!