From Seed to Plant: How do plants grow?

Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story

Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday StoryOn Sunday nights I used to share a bunch of photos from our week. I really liked sharing our week that way but because there were often so many photos on a lot of different topics all in one post,  it makes them hard to search and they kind of get lost in my archives.

So I’ve been thinking that I might share some of the things we get up to during the week in some shorter posts. I’m also hoping that these posts might give you a better idea of how our days look; how projects unfold, how learning happens – slowly, little by little.

So today we planted some seeds.

Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday StorySarah (4 yrs) has always been my little gardening buddy. She helps me out in our kitchen garden everyday. We talk while we potter about. I’ve been meaning for a while now to look at how seeds grow in more detail with her. So today we did.

We have this little book called From Seed to Plant which talks about the lifecycle of a plant nice and simply. Jack (6 yrs) and Sarah were particularly interested in the page showing different kinds of seeds; they were surprised to learn that acorns and the white fluffy dandelions were seeds.

After reading, I helped Jack to make some simple slides of seeds for them to look at through their handheld microscopes (these little microscopes are really affordable and surprisingly good for the price. If you’re not in Australia, this one on Amazon looks similar.) 

We made the slides with clear contact paper.

Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday StoryThen we planted. They planted lettuce, kale and red onions. The kids wrote some little planter sticks at which point I was stunned to see that Sarah could write! When did she learn to write??

We talked about what seeds need to grow and they decided they needed a nice watering and a warm spot for some sun.

Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story Seed Inquiry - Raising Seedlings - An Everyday Story

This didn’t all happen at once; all this learning happened throughout the day. We read a little, planted a little and wrote a little.

As the day goes on, I keep track of particular parts which really pique their interest. Today they really enjoyed using the microscopes, were really fascinated by dandelion seeds as well as the make up of a seed – a hard shell around a soft body. So I have a few ideas on how we can extend that a little more tomorrow.

Along with lots of block play, bike rides and Lego, this is what learning looked like today.

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5 Replies to “From Seed to Plant: How do plants grow?”

  1. Julie Green says:

    This looks so wonderful. I really love watching learning unfold. The slides are wonderful and I love the little microscopes.

  2. Looks like a beautiful day of learning!

  3. Kate, I love this! while I really enjoyed your homeschool week photos too, this really does help with the searching as I often want to go back and reference your posts 🙂 it’s also nice to see how the learning unfolds gradually, something i’m learning to allow more and more and it’s great to see how it’s done well. Thank you!

  4. Kate,
    I loved reading about how inquiry unfolds with your son. How did you get to the realization that your son and daughter are so capable and not just blank slates for you to fill? I can’t wait to see what happens over the next few weeks.

  5. We’ve been learning about plants lately (an acorn is currently my sons favourite toy!), but I hadn’t thought to put the seeds under the microscope – great idea, thanks for sharing!

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