On 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.
Sarah (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.
Then 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.
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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