Grow, little ones, grow….

25 Jan

One of my absolutely favorite homeschool things to do with my kiddos is growing a garden. Living out here in the wide open spaces allows us to teach the girls so much about nature.

But even if we didn’t live out here, I’d still love planting things with them.

We’ve already spent the last month spending cold winter evenings cuddled up on the couch going through seed catalogues.

Come mid-February, we’ll start planting our seedlings in our windowsills.

For the next six weeks, your kiddos will drive you insane with checking the plants and wanting to water them. Oh, sometimes they may water them on their own….well, good luck with that!

Bailey likes to carry the poor little things around by their poor little necks and put them in your boots and such. What a nice squishy surprise. You can not smash a cucumber start with your innocent foot and expect it to live…..

Before long, your little tray of dirt will look like this…

There are so many lessons that you can tie this project to. Of course, there’s science. Living v. non-living. What living things need. Where our food comes from. And all about plants and seeds and how things reproduce….you get the drift.

But don’t forget that it also teaches that work reaps benefits, patience, how to care for living things, responsibility and so on.

Hey, and how can you not love that smile?


One Response to “Grow, little ones, grow….”

  1. Insanitykim January 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Oh man, how things reproduce…I SO need to get some seeds planted and growing before I have another freak-out reproduction talk with my kids!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Very nice blog ya got here! See you around bloggyworld! šŸ™‚

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